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The World Before Us: How Science is Revealing a New Story of Our Human Origins

The World Before Us: How Science is Revealing a New Story of Our Human Origins (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Higham, Tom

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50,000 years ago, we were not the only species of human in the world. There were at least four others, including the Neanderthals, who occupied Europe, the Near East and parts of Eurasia; the enigmatic Homo floresiensis, or 'Hobbits', from the island of Flores; and Homo luzonesis..., found in the Philippines, and even more diminutive than the Hobbits at less than four feet high. And then there are the Denisovans, discovered thanks to cutting-edge science in 2010 in a cave in Siberia. At the forefront of this ground-breaking discovery was Oxford Professor Tom Higham. In The World Before Us he follows the scientific and technological advancements - in radiocarbon dating and ancient DNA, for example - that allowed each of these discoveries to be made and enabled us to be more accurate in our predictions about not just how long ago these other humans lived, but how they lived. The implications of these - and future - discoveries for us today are profound. We know which human groups today share which ancestors' genes, and the impact this has; for example, genes from Denisovans explain why some people cope better with living at high altitude, and Type 2 Diabetes may have been an evolutionary advantage for Neanderthals, who, in times of nutritional stress, may have needed to retain more blood sugar than their 21st century Homo sapiens-descendants. This is the story of us, told for the first time with its full cast of characters.
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ISBN 9780241440681
Released NZ 4 May 2021
Publisher Penguin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780241440681
Stock Available
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Viking
Released 4 May 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Higham, Tom
Category World History
World History: BCE To C 500 CE
European History
Prehistoric Archaeology
Archaeological Methodology & Techniques
Popular Science
Genetics (Non-Medical)
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code 569.9
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Fossil hominids, Paleoanthropology
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly