Lone Survivors

Lone Survivors

How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth

Book - 2012
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Outlines a reassessment of human evolution that draws on recent fossil findings and challenges current theories to say that humans coexisted and competed across the African continent while exchanging genes, tools, and behaviors.
Publisher: New York : Times Books, Henry Holt and Company, c2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780805088915
0805088911
Branch Call Number: 599.938 Stringer 2012
Characteristics: xii, 320 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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stewstealth
May 08, 2014

This is an informative book on the history of modern humans and their predecessors. The narrative could have been better with some of the ancillary information included in end notes instead of the text. Definitely worth reading for anyone interested in the subject.

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ReidCooper
Jan 15, 2014

An excellent, highly readable book on the evolution of modern humans. The big challenge is, so much is being discovered now thanks to new technnologies, this book will need a revised edition soon.

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Stratified_nomad
Mar 23, 2013

While highly informative, I just don't find Stringer to be a very compelling writer. He obviously commands a thorough understand of paleoanthropology, but most of his presentation is fairly mundane. That said, this book is absolutely worthwhile for those interested in human evolution. I agree with another poster that some of the terminology is fairly scientific/technical for general readers; a glossary would have been very useful.

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SEELOCHAN BEHARRY
Jan 31, 2013

This is one of the best reads of 2012. Remarkable amount of information from different fields are well put together.
If one reads only one book in science per year this would be great choice
Seelochan Beharry

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Drayjayeff
Aug 06, 2012

I found this a fascinating read. Stringer's excitement about his field and its recent discoveries are infectious. He's adept at explaining complex topics in accessible language. The only real criticism I have concerns specialized terminology. Having defined a term once, Stringer seems to expect us to retain that information. Doesn't work well for the lay reader. A glossary would have been very helpful.

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