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Humans: An Unauthorized Biography

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Presents new hypotheses on the origin of symbolic thought and cultures
Provides a fresh and original synthesis of human history in the deep past
Forges a new alliance between scientists and social scholars to explain our origins

By: Claudio Tuniz (Author), Patrizia Tiberi Vipraio (Author)

124 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations

Springer-Verlag

Paperback | Jul 2016 | #228248 | ISBN-13: 9783319310190
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About this book

Based on the latest scientific discoveries, this "unauthorized biography" of Homo sapiens recounts the story of our distant ancestors during the past 6 million years, since the line of our extended family separated from that leading to modern chimpanzees. Humans: An Unauthorized Biography explains how different species evolved, both anatomically and cognitively, and describes the impacts of climatic and environmental change on this process. It also explores the nature of relationships within and between species, describes their everyday lives, and discusses how isolated individuals became members of larger social groups. The concluding chapters highlight the paramount importance of the emergence of symbolic thought and discuss its contribution to the formation of institutions, societies, and economies. The multifaceted picture that emerges will help the reader to make sense not only of "what we were", but also of "what we are", here and now. Humans: An Unauthorized Biography is both entertaining and rigorous in integrating results from a wide selection of disciplines. It will be particularly suitable for people with a curious and open mind, keen to overcome long-standing prejudices on man's place in nature.


Contents

- History, prehistory & deep time
- Genesis
- Star Wars bar
- The apes and us
- The quest for fire
- The naked ape
- Lucy and the others
- Yesterday's menu
- Ancient remedies for ancient diseases
- Hominin's life
- The dear departed in the Pleistocene
- Brain readers
- All the power to imagination
- Primordial economics
- (Not) conclusive remarks


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Biography

Claudio Tuniz is a scientist at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, and an Associated Scientist at the Fermi Centre in Rome. He is also Visiting Professor at the Centre for Archaeological Science of the University of Wollongong in Australia and Visiting Scientist at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO). Dr. Tuniz has previously published the books Radioactivity (Oxford University Press, UK, 2013), L'Atomo Inquieto (Carocci, Italy, 2014), The Science of Our Origins (with G. Manzi and D. Caramelli; Laterza, Italy, 2013, Left Coast Press, USA, 2014), and The Bone Readers (with R. Gillespie and C. Jones; Allen and Unwin, Australia, 2009, Left Coast Press, USA, 2009, Springer, 2010).

Patrizia Tiberi Vipraio was Full Professor of Economic Policy and Associate Professor of International Economics at the University of Udine, Italy, where she also lectured on Monetary Policy and Industrial Economics. She has been associated with various other universities in Europe and Australia. She is the author of a number of academic papers and books, including Dal Mercantilismo alla Globalizzazione [From Mercantilism to Globalization] (Il Mulino, Bologna, 1999).

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