The Accidental Species: Misunderstandings of Human Evolution download free [PDF and Ebook] by Henry Gee

The Accidental Species: Misunderstandings of Human Evolution download free [PDF and Ebook] by Henry Gee year 2015
  • Book name: The Accidental Species: Misunderstandings of Human Evolution
  • Author: Henry Gee
  • Release date: 2015/12/13
  • Publisher: THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS
  • Language: English
  • Genre or Collection: Science and Geography
  • ISBN: 9780226271200
  • Rating: 9.27 of 10
  • Votes: 696
  • Review by: Makenzie Newberry
  • Review rating: 7.85 of 10
  • Review Date: 2018/11/9
  • Total pages: 217
  • Includes a PDF summary of 19 pages
  • Description or summary of the book: The idea of a missing link between humanity and our animal ancestors predates evolution and popular science and actually has religious roots in the deist concept of the Great Chain of Being. Yet the metaphor has lodged itself in the contemporary imagination, and new fossil discoveries are often hailed in headlines as revealing the elusive transitional step, the moment when we stopped being 'animal' and started being 'human.' In The Accidental Species, Henry Gee, longtime paleontology editor at Nature, takes aim at this misleading notion, arguing that it reflects a profound misunderstanding of how evolution works and, when applied to the evolution of our own species, supports mistaken ideas about our own place in the universe. Touring the many features of human beings that have recurrently been used to distinguish us from the rest of the animal world, Gee shows that our evolutionary outcome is one possibility among many, one that owes more to chance than to an organized progression to supremacy.The Accidental Species combines Gee's firsthand experience on the editorial side of many incredible paleontological findings with healthy skepticism and humor to create a book that aims to overturn popular thinking on human evolution - the key is not what's missing, but how we're linked.
  • Estimated reading time (average reader): 11H45M14S
  • Other categories, genre or collection: Palaeontology, Evolution, Human Biology
  • Available formats: PDF, TXT, EPUB, DOC, AZW, TIFF, WORD, DOCX. Compressed in ZIP, RAR, ACE, TAR.7Z, ISO
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Approximate value: 17.62 USD
  • Dimensions: 152x229x15.24mm
  • Weight: 272.16g
  • Printed by: University of Chicago Press
  • Published in: Chicago, IL, United States
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