#Pdf õ Human Evolution: A Pelican Introduction (Pelican Books) ⚹ eBook or E-pub free

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A great overview of Human evolution from the Australopithecus to the Anatomically Modern Human What is particularly interesting here is the focus on social behavior and culture instead of simply bones and archaeological evidence Dunbar presents studies on what the sizes of groups could be in certain environments, how the evolution of laughter, language, storytelling, dance and religion allow forcomplex human cultures The perspective that there is a mutual influence in physiological and A great overview of Human evolution from the Australopithecus to the Anatomically Modern Human What is particularly interesting here is the focus on social behavior and culture instead of simply bones and archaeological evidence Dunbar presents studies on what the sizes of groups could be in certain environments, how the evolution of laughter, language, storytelling, dance and religion allow forcomplex human cultures The perspective that there is a mutual influence in physiological and behavioral changes is fascinating, and there is, in every chapter, something that makes you go ohhh Like why do people like to dance in the nighttime Or why do men and women have different types of relationships with friends Why do human women get the menopause Fascinating stuff #Pdf Þ Human Evolution: A Pelican Introduction (Pelican Books) ⚸ What makes us human How did we develop language, thought and culture Why do we need them The past , years represent the only time in the sweep of human history when there has been only one human species How did this extraordinary proliferation of species come about and then go extinct And why did we emerge such intellectual giants The tale of our origins has inevitably been told through the stones and bones of the archaeological record, yet Robin Dunbar shows it was our social and cognitive changes rather than our physical development which truly made us distinct from other species A thought provoking review of the evolutionary development of Homo sapiens from the last common ancestor of the hominins about 6 million years ago The story is built on comparisons of the other primates, fossil evidence, and inferences on levels of sociality from various sources The differing hypotheses of e.g when fire came under routine control are discussed It is sometimes difficult to follow what is the generally accepted opinion of the scientific community, and what is the opinion of th A thought provoking review of the evolutionary development of Homo sapiens from the last common ancestor of the hominins about 6 million years ago The story is built on comparisons of the other primates, fossil evidence, and inferences on levels of sociality from various sources The differing hypotheses of e.g when fire came under routine control are discussed It is sometimes difficult to follow what is the generally accepted opinion of the scientific community, and what is the opinion of the author in controversial topics.The author makes the case that laughter and music have social roots and likely preceded language, and also discusses the evolutionary roots of religion The author s use of a time budget model that tries to capture the temporal constraints of ecological niche, foraging and social activities and their consequences for the interpretation of various other evidence The point is that the importance of one specific activity has consequences for the role of other activities It must all fit together, which puts limits on which combination of activities are possible This book presents a really interesting angle on human evolution a blend of physiological socio cultural adaptations over millions of years It is detailed may feel redundant at times The topic is incredibly interesting but the writing execution lack focus proper flow, it makes the reading experience rather laborious But again, the actual content is A This book presents a really interesting angle on human evolution a blend of physiological socio cultural adaptations over millions of years It is detailed may feel redundant at times The topic is incredibly interesting but the writing execution lack focus proper flow, it makes the reading experience rather laborious But again, the actual content is A I have enjoyed a lot this book, it is a fascinating account of human evolution from the perspective of our social and cognitive abilities Robin Dunbar, one of the most respected scientists on this matter, has managed to write a book that is a perfect balance of scientific precision and narrative fascination Probably the best of volume of the Pelican introductions series. Fascinating What I find particular insightful interesting is the series of adaptions laughter, music, language that enabled humans to maintain larger and larger social groups and what those adaptations, in turn, enabled us to do. Painfully politically correct, in ways. The book applies Dunbar s hypothesis of the social brain and his theory of time budgets to human evolution over the last 5 million years, from Ardipithecus to anatomically modern humans The effective brain volume or neocortex ratio, which we know in primates is strongly related to group size, is the main variable upon which Dunbar founds a big body of theory on social behavior in the hominin lineage, including the evolution of culture, religion, and language I found this all very speculative The book applies Dunbar s hypothesis of the social brain and his theory of time budgets to human evolution over the last 5 million years, from Ardipithecus to anatomically modern humans The effective brain volume or neocortex ratio, which we know in primates is strongly related to group size, is the main variable upon which Dunbar founds a big body of theory on social behavior in the hominin lineage, including the evolution of culture, religion, and language I found this all very speculative What conclusions on social behavior you can draw from fossils and artifacts is limited it is not nothing but it is limited What you can learn from primates is also limited which is illustrated by the totally different social systems of chimpanzees and bonobo s, two species which are equally related to humans There is so muchsolid stuff to tell about human evolution from genetics, developmental biology and the human body I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway and I must say, I am thoroughly impressed by it Robin Dunbar prsents a lucid and extremely readable account of human evolution and evolutionary psychology, making the book unputdownablequite a compliment for a non fiction science book.I would recommend this book to anyone with even a mild interest in knowing where we came from and so make predictions for where we are going.Next book on my to read list The Domesticated Brain A Pelican Int I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway and I must say, I am thoroughly impressed by it Robin Dunbar prsents a lucid and extremely readable account of human evolution and evolutionary psychology, making the book unputdownablequite a compliment for a non fiction science book.I would recommend this book to anyone with even a mild interest in knowing where we came from and so make predictions for where we are going.Next book on my to read list The Domesticated Brain A Pelican Introduction