First Humans

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Marshall Cavendish, Sep 1, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 112 pages
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There may be no subject more interesting than the mystery of human origins. In this four-book series we step back in time - back so many years that it is hard to grasp the distance - to explore our roots. Amazingly, for most of the millions of years that people have been around, there was more than one species of human in the world. Today we, Homo sapiens, are the only species of human on earth. How did we become what we are today, and who were our ancestors and cousins in the human family tree? Together, the four books in Humans: An Evolutionary History answer these questions and more: yOrigins focuses on the search for our earliest ancestors, who lived in Africa millions of years ago yFirst Humans introduces the genus Homo - our branch of the family tree - and describes how its members migrated out of Africa. yIce Age Neanderthals tells the story of people who lived in Eurasia for hundreds of thousands of years, only to become extinct when our species arrived on the scene. yModern Humans examines our species, which spread from Africa to every part of the world, and looks at the DNA research that is uncovering our hidden history.
  

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Contents

In Search of Human Origins
8
A Fraud in the Family Tree
20
Chapter
39
Chapter Three
52
Chapter Four
71
Chapter Five
86
Time Line of Human Evolution
98
Index
108
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Rebecca Stefoff is the author of many books for children and young adults, including a biography of the Shawnee chieftain Tecumseh and her adaptation of Ronald Takaki's award-winning history of Asian Americans, Strangers from a Different Shore.