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On Becoming Human - Nancy Makepeace Tanner

Paperback Published: 16th November 1981
ISBN: 9780521280280
Number Of Pages: 392

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First published in 1981, On Becoming Human presents a unique theory of human origins, an original explanation of how early hominids evolved from their ape-like primate ancestors. Professor Nancy M. Tanner's book integrates the data on chimpanzee behaviour with the available information on early phases of human evolution. The result is a model by which we can more accurately reconstruct the lifeways of the early hominids and better understand the rapid transition from ape to early human. By an innovative use of conventional data and a fresh perspective on traditional anthropological approaches, Professor Tanner, in her first book, has developed a powerful new theory of human origins by which we can understand the actual dynamics of becoming human.

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
Darwin and the descent of 'man'
Models in evolution
African apes and human evolution
Chimpanzees as a model of the ancestral population: locomotion, tools and diet
Chimpanzees as a model of the ancestral population: social organisation and interaction
Chimpanzees as a model of ancestral population: mental capacities, communication and sociation - bases for the evolution of the capacity for culture
The transition to Australopithecus: natural and sexual selection in human origins
Evidence on the transition: what can the earliest hominid fossils reveal about the ancestral population and the transition?
Gathering and the australopithecine way of life
Early hominid lifeways: the critical role of an interpretive framework
Conclusion: becoming human
Bibliography
Acknowledgements and bibliography for illustrations
Indexes
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521280280
ISBN-10: 0521280281
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 16th November 1981
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.57