Human Evolution: A Guide to the Debates

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ABC-CLIO, 2004 - Reference - 357 pages
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Written for those new to the subject, Human Evolution: A Guide to the Debates presents the remarkable history of our understanding of human origins as it developed from the 1800s to the present. Most works on this topic focus narrowly on one individual, theory, or debate. In contrast, Human Evolution draws from a wide range of sources to offer a fully rounded portrait of the entire field.

The chapters of the book follow a basic chronological order covering the issues, personalities, and discoveries that are central to the questions and controversies surrounding human evolution. The coverage draws from a wide range of associated topics and examines not only controversies of a religious nature but also those that have little to do with religion, allowing readers to weigh the information, come to their own conclusions, and even begin their own debates.

 

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Contents

1 The Rock of Ages and the Age of Rocks
7
2 The First Fossils
37
3 The Asia Hypothesis
71
4 Africa
95
5 Intangibles
117
6 The Peopling of the Americas
143
7 Picturing the Caveman
175
8 Alternative Theories
199
9 A Question of Relations
231
10 The Elusive Hand of God
263
Conclusion
293
Chronology
295
Bibliography
301
Excerpts of Primary Sources
315
Index
349
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Brian Regal teaches American history and history of science at TCI College of Technology in New York, NY.

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