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Alice Roberts has been travelling the world - from Ethiopian desert to Malay peninsula and from Russian steppes to Amazon basin - in order to understand the challenges that early humans faced as they tried to settle continents. On her travels she has witnessed some of the daunting and brutal challenges our ancestors had to face: mountains, deserts, oceans, changing climates, terrifying giant beasts and volcanoes. But she discovers that perhaps the most serious threat of all came from other humans. When our ancestors set out from Africa there were already two other species of human on the planet: Neanderthal in Europe and Homo erectus in Asia. Both (contrary to popular perception) were intelligent, adept at making tools and weapons and were long adapted to their environments. So, Alice asks, why did only Homo sapiens survive? Part detective story, part travelogue, and drawing on the latest genetic and archaeological discoveries, Alice examines how our ancestors evolved physically in response to these challenges, finding out how our colour, shape, size, diet, disease resistance and even athletic ability have been shaped by the range of environments that our ancestors had to survive. She also relates how astonishingly closely related we all are. As a lecturer in Anatomy at Bristol University, Alice Roberts is eminently qualified to write this book. As a talented artist, she is perfectly qualified to illustrate it, and dotted throughout this lively book are many of the sketches and photographs from her travels.

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Genre: Science
Author: Alice Roberts
Publisher: A&C Black
Release: 2010-04-05
File: 384 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781408810910

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The Human Journey offers a truly concise yet satisfyingly full history of the world from ancient times to the present. The book’s scope, as the title implies, is the whole story of humanity, in planetary context. Its themes include not only the great questions of the humanities—nature versus nurture, the history and meaning of human variation, the sources of wealth and causes of revolution—but also the major transformations in human history: agriculture, cities, iron, writing, universal religions, global trade, industrialization, popular government, justice, and equality. In each conceptually rich chapter, leading historian Kevin Reilly concentrates on a single important period and theme, sustaining a focused narrative and analytical perspective. Chapter 2, for example, discusses the significance of bronze-age urbanization and the advent of the Iron Age. Chapter 3 examines the meaning and significance of the age of “classical” civilizations. Chapter 4 explains the spread of universal religions and new technologies in the postclassical age of Eurasian integration. But these examples also reveal a range of approaches to world history. The first chapter is an example of current “Big History,” the second of history as technological transformations, the third of comparative history, the fourth the history of connections that dominates, and thus narrows, so many texts. Free of either a confined, limiting focus or a mandatory laundry list of topics, this book begins with our most important questions and searches all of our past for answers. Well-grounded in the latest scholarship, this is not a fill-in-the-blanks text, but world history in a grand humanistic tradition.

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Genre: History
Author: Kevin Reilly
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Release: 2012-11-10
File: 472 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781442213548

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Author: H. Lyn Miles
Publisher:
Release: 2016-12-28
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 1524918741

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Presents a history of science, focusing on its influence in the transition from humanity's primitive beginnings up to the modern day, with profiles of famous scientists responsible for some of the world's greatest scientific discoveries. --Publisher's description.

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Genre: Science
Author: Leonard Mlodinow
Publisher: Vintage
Release: 2016-04
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780345804433

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Join TV biological anthropologist Professor Alice Roberts on a fascinating non-fiction journey to discover the secrets of our past, in this dramatic retelling of our human journey for children aged 7+ years. Adults who love Who Do You Think You Are? will enjoy reading and sharing this book with young ones. Reach back through time and shake hands with your ancestors. Discover who we are, where we come from and even what it means to be human as you follow the amazing human journey. This spectacular illustrated book begins with the dawn of humankind on the grasslands of Africa around 2 million years ago and unfolds to follow our ancestors over time and all around the world: from Africa to Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas. Travel with them as they face perils posed by deserts, oceans, changing climates, giant beasts, volcanoes and more, as they adapted, invented, survived and thrived.

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Author: Professor Alice Roberts
Publisher: Red Shed
Release: 2020-09-03
File: 48 Pages
ISBN-13: 1405291451

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Introduces concepts of evolution and biodiversity, discussing such topics as naturalism, genetics, and adaptation.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Ian Tattersall
Publisher: Bunker Hill Pub Incorporated
Release: 2013-10-08
File: 48 Pages
ISBN-13: 1593731485

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Genre: Social sciences
Author:
Publisher:
Release: 2003
File: 228 Pages
ISBN-13: 0030657334

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The Human Journey offers a truly concise yet satisfyingly full history of the world from ancient times to the present. The book’s scope, as the title implies, is the whole story of humanity, in planetary context. Its themes include not only the great questions of the humanities—nature versus nurture, the history and meaning of human variation, the sources of wealth and causes of revolution—but also the major transformations in human history: agriculture, cities, iron, writing, universal religions, global trade, industrialization, popular government, justice, and equality. In each conceptually rich chapter, leading historian Kevin Reilly concentrates on a single important period and theme, sustaining a focused narrative and analytical perspective. Chapter 2, for example, discusses the significance of bronze-age urbanization and the advent of the Iron Age. Chapter 3 examines the meaning and significance of the age of “classical” civilizations. Chapter 4 explains the spread of universal religions and new technologies in the postclassical age of Eurasian integration. But these examples also reveal a range of approaches to world history. The first chapter is an example of current “Big History,” the second of history as technological transformations, the third of comparative history, the fourth the history of connections that dominates, and thus narrows, so many texts. Free of either a confined, limiting focus or a mandatory laundry list of topics, this book begins with our most important questions and searches all of our past for answers. Well-grounded in the latest scholarship, this is not a fill-in-the-blanks text, but world history in a grand humanistic tradition.

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Genre: History
Author: Kevin Reilly
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Release: 2018-05-04
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781538105597

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Genre: Christian biography
Author: Bonisteel, Roy
Publisher: CNIB
Release: 1983
File: 220 Pages
ISBN-13: 0002171023

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Two Hundred Thousand Years presents snapshots of life since the dawn of mankind. In an engaging series of short stories, characters live the human experience and journey through the great gateways of human history, seeking answers to compelling questions such as: · How did man, a physical weakling, rise to dominate a planet of powerful carnivores? · Does contemporary man differ from his ancient predecessors? · Can man's future be seen in his past? · Is man good, evil, both, or neither? · What will likely end man's reign on earth? Characters learn what it means to be human-in both good times and bad. In Fire, an African tribesman struggles to cope after his three-year-old child is swept away by a powerful river. In The Hunt, a clan braves the tundra as they seek to kill bison, driving off other carnivores, and finding ways to keep warm in their bid to continue living. In The Astronaut, a spaceman marvels at passing through perhaps the greatest gateway of all: outer space. Entertaining and thought provoking, Two Hundred Thousand Years explores how man got to where he is today and where he might be going in the future.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: J. Jung
Publisher: iUniverse
Release: 2007-12
File: 136 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780595471119

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