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Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only…

Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth (original: 2012; edição: 2012)

de Chris Stringer (Autor)

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Outlines a reassessment of human evolution that draws on recent fossil findings and challenges current theories to say that humans coexisted and competed across the African continent while exchanging genes, tools, and behaviors.
Título:Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth
Autores:Chris Stringer (Autor)
Informação:Times Books (2012), Edition: 1, 336 pages
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The Origin of Our Species de Christopher Stringer (Author) (2012)

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    How To Think Like a Neandertal de Thomas Wynn (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Cognitive archaeologists glean insights from fossil record and comparison to the Neandertal's closest living relatives (humans and chimpanzees)

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This book jumps around a lot and doesn't really have follow a coherent path. Paragraphs don't follow on from one paragraph to another, never mind chapters. The book is also rather limited in that it discusses modern people and neanderthals in rather vague terms. The book wasn't overly technical but it presented information in such a vague and disassociated manner that it made things rather confusing. Too much speculation, not enough facts.

I got the impression that the author's pet theory was the out of Africa hypothesis and he was going to cherry pick data to suit his theory. The author continually bashes the multi-regional hypothesis without actually providing any detailed information on this (or any of the other) hypotheses or providing information on why he considers it wrong. Even if the one hypothesis is completely wrong, I would still like to know more details about it and why it is considered inaccurate.

I may have missed something with all the jumping around, but I still have no idea "how we came to be the only humans on earth".

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  ElentarriLT | Mar 24, 2020 |
Where does our species come from? Who were our ancestors?

These are enduring human questions, and we are piecing the answers together out of bits of bone and stone tools and recovered DNA. Chris Stringer is one of the world's leading paleoanthropologists, and one of the leading proponents of the "Out of Africa" theory, proposing a recent African origin for Homo sapiens in eastern or southern Africa, who then expanded out of Africa, replacing the archaic humans, including Neanderthals, in the rest of Eurasia.

Lone Survivors is an examination of the major breakthroughs of the last thirty years, with new evidence and new kinds of evidence, including the advances in recovering and analyzing DNA from ancient fossils. That evidence has, in fascinating ways, both reinforced the basic "recent African origin" hypothesis, and raised serious challenges to the idea that this origin happened in one, highly localized place.

We may have made the leap to modernity in Africa precisely because Africa is a huge and diverse continent. When one population made the transition to complex modern behavior, and the local conditions turned against them, they may have died out or moved on or slipped back to premodern levels.

But this was in Africa, and there was someplace to move on to where the environment would support the population density needed for modernity. And if the first group didn't migrate to a more promising area, there were other populations that could exploit them. Because there was a wide enough range of environments, and enough somewhat separated populations of early modern humans, eventually, that critical mass was reached, modern human behavior was here to stay, and modern humans spread out from Africa.

That's the simple summary. This is a complex and fascinating story, including not just modern and extinct human species, but the "archaic" humans whose genes are still with us in our own DNA, including Neanderthals and Denisovans.

Stringer avoids polemics, does not waste time on science deniers, and points out his own errors and mistakes over the years as readily as he does others'. His writing is clear, understandable, and informative.

There is also discussion of the most newly-discovered, and oddest, member of Genus Homo, Homo floresiensis, a.k.a. the Hobbits of the island of Flores.


I bought this book. ( )
1 vote LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
How we came to be the only humans on earth
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
Onthullend boek dat erg informatief is over het ontstaan van de mens.
  HansWildschut | Apr 27, 2014 |
Lone Survivors got my interest immediately and I read it straight through which usually only happens with some kinds of fiction. Stringer begins with a chapter he calls "The Big Questions" where he gives us some of the background for evolution, describes the first hominid fossil finds and a gives a quick overview of progress in figuring out how all the different fossils, theories, and genetic discoveries fit together. He then moves on to the ways in which scientists date the fossils and the tools, etc. associated with them and how they can cross-check their dates and then how they have been able to retrieve additional information like DNA. Then we get his views on the various theories about the progress of human evolution.

While evolution in general is touched on, Springer spins most of his time tracking man through the last two million years with the last 200,000 being the main focus. Much of the material is about the Neanderthals and what he refers to as 'modern man'. This is a recent book (2012) and he is able to discuss the evidence from DNA sequencing that implies some hybridization between the different groups of early man. We may have a few Neanderthal genes lurking in our own genomes.Towards the end the author tells us why he believes humans are still evolving and why he thinks this.

Recommended for those interested in the subject with the warning that Springer has a habit of saying, in effect, we'll talk more about that later. Some might find that a bit annoying.
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