A brief history of everyone who Ever Lived will upend your thinking on Neanderthals, royalty, race, evolution, and even redheads. But those stories have always been locked away—until now. Where do we go from here? For example, we now know that at least four human species once roamed the earth. Plus, here is the remarkable, controversial story of how our genes made their way to the Americas—one that’s still being written, as ever more of us have our DNA sequenced.
National book critics circle award—2017 nonfiction finalist “Nothing less than a tour de force—a heady amalgam of science, history, a little bit of anthropology and plenty of nuanced, captivating storytelling. The new york times book review, every one of us carries the story of our species—births, war, famine, migration, deaths, disease, Editor's ChoiceA National Geographic Best Book of 2017 In our unique genomes, and a lot of sex.
. Who are our ancestors? where did they come from? Geneticists have suddenly become historians, and the hard evidence in our DNA has blown the lid off what we thought we knew.
Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human PastA groundbreaking book about how ancient DNA has profoundly changed our understanding of human history. Geneticists like david reich have made astounding advances in the field of genomics, which is proving to be as important as archeology, linguistics, and written records as a means to understand our ancestry.
In who we are and how we got here, reich allows readers to discover how the human genome provides not only all the information a human embryo needs to develop but also the hidden story of our species. Provocatively, reich’s book suggests that there might very well be biological differences among human populations but that these differences are unlikely to conform to common stereotypes.
Drawing upon revolutionary findings and unparalleled scientific studies, Who We Are and How We Got Here is a captivating glimpse into humankind—where we came from and what that says about our lives today. Reich delves into how the genomic revolution is transforming our understanding of modern humans and how DNA studies reveal deep inequalities among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals.
She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of HeredityHeredity continues within our own bodies, as a single cell gives rise to trillions of cells that make up our bodies. A particular fragment may sometimes be cause for worry, our height, but most of our DNA influences who we are—our appearance, our penchants—in inconceivably subtle ways. Heredity isn’t just about genes that pass from parent to child.
. Charles darwin played a crucial part in turning heredity into a scientific question, and yet he failed spectacularly to answer it. Gradually, people translated their old notions about heredity into a language of genes. As the technology for studying genes became cheaper, to distant ancestors, millions of people ordered genetic tests to link themselves to missing parents, to ethnic identities.
. But, zimmer writes, “each of us carries an amalgam of fragments of DNA, stitched together from some of our many ancestors. Each piece has its own ancestry, traveling a different path back through human history. Heredity is redefined in this sweeping, resonating overview of a force that shaped human society—a force set to shape our future even more radically.
One of publishers weekly's top ten books of 2018“extraordinary”—new york times book review "magisterial"—The Atlantic"Engrossing"—Wired"Leading contender as the most outstanding nonfiction work of the year"—Minneapolis Star-TribuneAward-winning, celebrated New York Times columnist and science writer Carl Zimmer presents a profoundly original perspective on what we pass along from generation to generation.
We need a new definition of what heredity is and, through Carl Zimmer’s lucid exposition and storytelling, this resounding tour de force delivers it.
Ancestral Journeys: The Peopling of Europe from the First Venturers to the Vikings Revised and Updated EditionThis paradigm-shifting book paints a spirited portrait of a restless people that challenges our established ways of looking at Europe’s past. Now brought completely up to date with all the latest findings from the fast-moving fields of genetics, DNA, Jean Manco’s highly readable account weaves multiple strands of evidence into a startling new history of the continent, and dating, of interest to anyone who wants to truly understand Europeans’ place in the ancient world.
. Mallory, a revolution in the study of genetics, and cutting-edge analysis of ancient dna are dramatically changing our picture of prehistory, author of In Search of the Indo-Europeans and The Origins of the Irish Who are the Europeans? Where did they come from? New research in the fields of archaeology and linguistics, leading us to question what we thought we knew about these ancient peoples.
124 illustrations, including 59 maps Thames & hudson. The story is more complex than at first believed, with new evidence suggesting that the European gene pool was stirred vigorously multiple times. This will undoubtedly provide a base line for future debates on the origins of the Europeans. J. P. An ambitious and lucid full narrative account of the peopling of Europe.
How Language Began: The Story of Humanity's Greatest InventionBut how did we acquire the most advanced form of communication on Earth? Daniel L. How language began revolutionizes our understanding of the one tool that has allowed us to become the "lords of the planet. Mankind has a distinct advantage over other terrestrial species: we talk to one another. Everett, a “bombshell” linguist and “instant folk hero” tom Wolfe, provides in this sweeping history a comprehensive examination of the evolutionary story of language, Harper’s, from the earliest speaking attempts by hominids to the more than seven thousand languages that exist today.
Although fossil hunters and linguists have brought us closer to unearthing the true origins of language, Daniel Everett’s discoveries have upended the contemporary linguistic world, reverberating far beyond academic circles. 20 illustrations; map Thames & hudson. Tracing crucial shifts and developments across the ages, from harnessing control of more than a hundred respiratory muscles in the larynx and diaphragm, Everett breaks down every component of speech, to mastering the use of the tongue.
Based on nearly forty years of fieldwork, Everett debunks long-held theories by some of history’s greatest thinkers, from Plato to Chomsky. Challenging long-standing principles in the field, Everett now builds on the theory that language was not intrinsic to our species. In order to truly understand its origins, a more interdisciplinary approach is needed―one that accounts as much for our propensity for culture as it does our biological makeup.
Language began, everett theorizes, with Homo Erectus, who catalyzed words through culturally invented symbols.
Creation: How Science Is Reinventing Life ItselfCutting edge “synthetic biology” may lead to solutions to some of the world’s most pressing crises and pave the way for inventions once relegated to science fiction. Meanwhile, these advances are shedding new light on the biggest mystery of all—how did life begin? As we come closer and closer to understanding the ancient root that connects all living things, Adam Rutherford shows how we may finally be able to achieve the creation of new life where none existed before.
Today’s scientists are radically exceeding the boundaries of evolution and engineering entirely novel creatures. Liveright. Thames & hudson.
The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of LifeThames & hudson. Quammen is no ordinary writer. The tangled tree is a brilliant guide to our transformed understanding of evolution, of life’s history, and of our own human nature. Thanks to new technologies such as crISPR, we now have the ability to alter even our genetic composition—through sideways insertions, as nature has long been doing.
Liveright. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field—the study of life’s diversity and relatedness at the molecular level—is horizontal gene transfer HGT, or the movement of genes across species lines. He is simply astonishing, guts, humor, ingenuity, one of that rare class of writer gifted with verve, and great heart” Elle.
For instance, we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection—a type of HGT. In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Now, in the tangled tree, he explains how molecular studies of evolution have brought startling recognitions about the tangled tree of life—including where we humans fit upon it.
Longlisted for the national book award for nonfiction Nonpareil science writer David Quammen explains how recent discoveries in molecular biology can change our understanding of evolution and life’s history, with powerful implications for human health and even our own human nature. In the tangled tree david quammen, chronicles these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them—such as carl woese, the notorious maverick whose wild ideas about “mosaic” creatures proved to be true; and Tsutomu Wantanabe, who discovered that the scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a direct result of horizontal gene transfer, the most important little-known biologist of the twentieth century; Lynn Margulis, “one of that rare breed of science journalists who blends exploration with a talent for synthesis and storytelling” Nature, bringing the deep study of genome histories to bear on a global crisis in public health.
Almost Human: The Astonishing Tale of Homo naledi and the Discovery That Changed Our Human StoryLiveright. Did this species come before, or after the emergence of homo sapiens on our evolutionary tree? How did the cave come to contain nothing but the remains of these individuals? Did they bury their dead? If so, during, they must have had a level of self-knowledge, including an awareness of death.
And yet those are the very characteristics used to define what makes us human. Their features combined those of known prehominids like Lucy, the famous Australopithecus, with those more human than anything ever before seen in prehistoric remains. With this team of "underground astronauts, " Berger made the discovery of a lifetime: hundreds of prehistoric bones, including entire skeletons of at least 15 individuals, all perhaps two million years old.
Berger is a charming and controversial figure, and some colleagues question his interpretation of this and other finds. Did an equally advanced species inhabit Earth with us, or before us? Berger does not hesitate to address all these questions. In 2013, a national geographic explorer-in-Residence, Berger, caught wind of a cache of bones in a hard-to-reach underground cave in South Africa.
Thames & hudson. He put out a call around the world for petite collaborators—men and women small and adventurous enough to be able to squeeze through 8-inch tunnels to reach a sunless cave 40 feet underground. Berger's team had discovered an all new species, and they called it Homo naledi. The cave quickly proved to be the richest primitive hominid site ever discovered, full of implications that shake the very foundation of how we define what makes us human.
MyGift Nesting Vintage Whitewash Wood Serving Trays with Chalkboard Surface, Set of 2Liveright. There are so many ways to organize or decorate with these antique nesting trays, it's tough deciding where to feature them. No matter how or where you use these decorative trays, they are sure to be a unique serving and decor addition to any space. Official MyGift product. Accessories not included.
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Easy-carry handles: two vintage style handles allow you to carry these trays with ease. Serve, store or decorate with these wooden nesting serving trays and chalkboard surface. Or in a hotel for guests room service orders. Decorate your ottoman or coffee table with these chalkboard trays, for holding magazines, media remotes or your food and drinks while watching TV.
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Lone survivors is the definitive account of who and what we were, and will change perceptions about our origins and about what it means to be human. He shows how the most sensational recent fossil findings fit with his model, and he questions previous concepts including his own of modernity and how it evolved.
Wooden trays easily nest into one another for quick storage. Official mygift product. Accessories not included. Specs: in inches: large - 2. 5 h x 15. 7 w x 11. 8 d; small - 2. 2 h x 14. 2 w x 103 d.
The Neanderthals Rediscovered: How Modern Science Is Rewriting Their Story Revised and Updated EditionLiveright. It turns out that the neanderthals’ behavior was surprisingly modern: they buried the dead, cared for the sick, harvested seafood, hunted large animals in their prime, and communicated with spoken language. Wooden trays easily nest into one another for quick storage. Official mygift product. Accessories not included.
Specs: in inches: large - 2. 5 h x 15. 7 w x 11. 8 d; small - 2. 2 h x 14. 2 w x 103 d. Griffin. Erasable blackboard: features a chalkboard surface to write fun messages, quick reminders or detailed breakfast in bed menus. Easy-carry handles: two vintage style handles allow you to carry these trays with ease. In the first complete chronological narrative of the species from emergence to extinction.
. Archaeologist dimitra Papagianni and science historian Michael Morse have shaped a gem. Nature in recent years, the common perception of the Neanderthals has been transformed, thanks to new discoveries and paradigm-shattering scientific innovations. In this important volume, Dimitra Papagianni and Michael A.