Becoming Human (Harvest Book)

3.95 avg rating
( 209 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780156006538: Becoming Human (Harvest Book)

One of the traits that distinguishes us from our nearest ancestors is our curiosity about the origins of our species. In this text, Ian Tattersall discusses human uniqueness, investigating the origins of those characteristics and processes that so distinguish human beings, such as creativity, language, and consciousness. Travelling in France to see 30,000-year-old cave paintings, in Africa to see where our earliest ancestors left their bones, and in remote forests to spy on our closest relatives, the great apes, Tattersall uncovers what it is that makes us really different and what the future might hold for our species.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Monogamy. Bipedalism. Tools. Language. Intelligence. Why on earth did we develop all those tricks? Though it's trendy to underplay the differences between humans and other species, most of us just can't help noticing our often-striking peculiarities and wondering how they arose. Palaeontologist Ian Tattersall's story of human origins is as compelling as a well- designed museum exhibit--no surprise, as he is Curator of Anthropology for the American Museum of Natural History. His prose, while not flashy, is satisfyingly clear and unapologetically fascinated with its topic. Covering genetics, evolutionary theory, primate anatomy and archaeology, Becoming Human explains how and why our ancestors adapted to their surroundings to produce such clever, talented, immodest progeny. If you find it preposterous that a dumb, skinny ape can go from foraging for fruit and fleeing from lions to splitting the atom and solving Rubik's cube in just five million years, this book might change your mind. -- Rob Lightner

Review:

"Tattersall's most recent contribution is the most concise, most readable, and most thoughtful treatment available on the subject of human evolution. This is a must-read for everyone intrigued by their origins and place in nature." -- Donald Johanson, Professor of Anthropology, Arizona State University

"The best book on human evolution I've ever read." -- Niles Eldredge, Curator, Department of Invertebrates, American Museum of Natural History

"the most concise, most readable, and most thoughtful treatment available on the subject...a must-read" -- Donald Johnson, Professor of Anthropology, Arizona State University

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Tattersall, Ian
ISBN 10: 0156006537 ISBN 13: 9780156006538
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. Item doesn't include CD/DVD. Bookseller Inventory # 1708554

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.16
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.20
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Head of the Anthropology Department Ian Tattersall
Published by Mariner Books, United States (1999)
ISBN 10: 0156006537 ISBN 13: 9780156006538
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mariner Books, United States, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 198 x 140 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.In Becoming Human, noted anthropologist and renaissance man Ian Tattersall explores what makes us uniquely human, the qualities that set us apart from our ancestors, and the significance of our knowledge. A worldwide tour of discovery, Tattersall takes the reader from 30,000-year-old cave paintings in France and anthropological digs in Africa, to examining human behavior in a New York restaurant. And by offering wisdom gleaned from fossil remains, primate behavior, prehistoric art, and archaeology, Tattersall presents a stunning picture of where humankind evolved, how Darwin s theories have changed, and what we reliably know about modern-day human s capacity for love, language, and thought. Widely praised in the media, and an Top-10 bestseller, Becoming Human is an amazing trip into the past and into the future. Bookseller Inventory # APC9780156006538

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Tattersall, Ian
Published by Mariner Books (1999)
ISBN 10: 0156006537 ISBN 13: 9780156006538
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller
PBShop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mariner Books, 1999. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days.THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IP-9780156006538

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.65
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.20
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Head of the Anthropology Department Ian Tattersall
Published by Mariner Books, United States (1999)
ISBN 10: 0156006537 ISBN 13: 9780156006538
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mariner Books, United States, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 198 x 140 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. In Becoming Human, noted anthropologist and renaissance man Ian Tattersall explores what makes us uniquely human, the qualities that set us apart from our ancestors, and the significance of our knowledge. A worldwide tour of discovery, Tattersall takes the reader from 30,000-year-old cave paintings in France and anthropological digs in Africa, to examining human behavior in a New York restaurant. And by offering wisdom gleaned from fossil remains, primate behavior, prehistoric art, and archaeology, Tattersall presents a stunning picture of where humankind evolved, how Darwin s theories have changed, and what we reliably know about modern-day human s capacity for love, language, and thought. Widely praised in the media, and an Top-10 bestseller, Becoming Human is an amazing trip into the past and into the future. Bookseller Inventory # APC9780156006538

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
13.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Tattersall, Ian
Published by Harvest Books (2017)
ISBN 10: 0156006537 ISBN 13: 9780156006538
New Paperback Quantity Available: 20
Print on Demand
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvest Books, 2017. Paperback. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # 0156006537

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.40
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Tattersall, Ian
ISBN 10: 0156006537 ISBN 13: 9780156006538
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
AMAZINGBOOKDEALS
(IRVING, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW. Fast Shipping. Prompt Customer Service. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # 0156006537BNA

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.55
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.20
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Tattersall, Ian
Published by Mariner Books (1999)
ISBN 10: 0156006537 ISBN 13: 9780156006538
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mariner Books, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # INGM9780156006538

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.20
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Ian Tattersall
Published by Mariner Books
ISBN 10: 0156006537 ISBN 13: 9780156006538
New Paperback Quantity Available: 20
Seller
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Mariner Books. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. 272 pages. Dimensions: 7.8in. x 5.5in. x 0.9in.In Becoming Human, noted anthropologist and renaissance man Ian Tattersall explores what makes us uniquely human, the qualities that set us apart from our ancestors, and the significance of our knowledge. A worldwide tour of discovery, Tattersall takes the reader from 30, 000-year-old cave paintings in France and anthropological digs in Africa, to examining human behavior in a New York restaurant. And by offering wisdom gleaned from fossil remains, primate behavior, prehistoric art, and archaeology, Tattersall presents a stunning picture of where humankind evolved, how Darwins theories have changed, and what we reliably know about modern-day humans capacity for love, language, and thought. Widely praised in the media, and an Amazon. com Top-10 bestseller, Becoming Human is an amazing trip into the past and into the future. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9780156006538

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
13.40
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.17
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Tattersall, Ian
Published by MARINER BOOKS (1999)
ISBN 10: 0156006537 ISBN 13: 9780156006538
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description MARINER BOOKS, 1999. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our US warehouse in 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND.Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IP-9780156006538

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.98
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 9
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Tattersall, Ian
Published by Harvest Books
ISBN 10: 0156006537 ISBN 13: 9780156006538
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Russell Books
(Victoria, BC, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harvest Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0156006537 Special order direct from the distributor. Bookseller Inventory # ING9780156006538

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
13.17
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5.61
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book