Close encounters with humankind : a paleoanthropologist investigates our evolving species
- Sang-Hee Lee with Shin-Young Yoon.
- English. Translated from the Korean. Original title unavailable.
- New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 
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- Physical description
- 304 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Science Library (Li and Ma)
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- Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-286) and index.
- Introduction: Let's take a journey together
- 1. Are we cannibals?
- 2. The birth of fatherhood
- 3. Who were the first hominin ancestors?
- 4. Big-brained babies give moms big grief
- 5. Meat lovers R us
- 6. Got milk?
- 7. A gene for Snow White
- 8. Granny is an artist
- 9. Did farming bring prosperity?
- 10. Peking man and the Yakuza
- 11. Asia challenges Africa's stronghold on the birthplace of humanity
- 12. Cooperation connects you and me
- 13. King Kong
- 14. Breaking back
- 15. In search of the most humanlike face
- 16. Our changing brains
- 17. You are a Neanderthal!
- 18. The molecular clock does not keep time
- 19. Denisovans: the Asian Neanderthals?
- 20. Hobbits
- 21. Seven billion humans, one single race?
- 22. Are humans still evolving?
- Epilogue 1: Precious humanity
- Epilogue 2: An invitation to an unfamiliar world of paleoanthropology
- Appendix 1: Common questions and answers about evolution
- Appendix 2: Overview of hominin evolution.
- Publisher's Summary
- In Close Encounters with Humankind, paleoanthropologist Sang-Hee Lee explores some of our biggest evolutionary questions from unexpected new angles. Amongst other questions, she looks at what fossilised teeth tell us about our ancient life expectancy, what big data on fossils reveals about farming's problematic role in human evolution and how simple geometric comparisons of skull and pelvic fossils can suggest the origin of our social nature. Through a series of entertaining, bite-sized chapters, we gain new perspectives into our first hominin ancestors, our first steps on two feet, our first forays into toolmaking and hunting, and our continuing evolution. Lee's curious nature and surprising conclusions make Close Encounters with Humankind a delight to read.
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- "Originally published in Korea [©2015] by ScienceBooks Publishing Co., Ltd., Seoul, a division of Minumsa publishing Group ... English translation ©2018"--Title page verso.
- Volume based on essays originally published in Gwa Hak Dong A, a science magazine for the general public.--Introduction.
- 9780393634822 (hardcover)
- 0393634825 (hardcover)
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