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  • Title: Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins
  • Author: Ian Tattersall
  • ISBN: 9780230108752
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Fifty thousand years ago merely a blip in evolutionary time our Homo sapiens ancestors were competing for existence with several other human species, just as their precursors had done for millions of years Yet something about our species distinguished it from the pack, and ultimately led to its survival while the rest became extinct Just what was it that allowed Homo sapFifty thousand years ago merely a blip in evolutionary time our Homo sapiens ancestors were competing for existence with several other human species, just as their precursors had done for millions of years Yet something about our species distinguished it from the pack, and ultimately led to its survival while the rest became extinct Just what was it that allowed Homo sapiens to become masters of the planet Ian Tattersall, curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, takes us deep into the fossil record to uncover what made humans so special Surveying a vast field from initial bipedality to language and intelligence, Tattersall argues that Homo sapiens acquired a winning combination of traits that was not the result of long term evolutionary refinement Instead, the final result emerged quickly, shocking our world and changing it forever.
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    Steve Van Slyke
    Just before reading this I read Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth by Chris Stringer. I wish I had read this book first because it covers the whole span of human evolution from before the split with chimpanzees 6-7 million years ago, whereas Stringer's book focuses on the development and exodus of modern humans from Africa 50 to 60 thousand years ago. Thus this book logically and chronologically leads you to Springer's book.Tatersall agrees with Stringer that there was a [...]

    I read this book because I'd been told it was a good introduction to the study of human ancestors attested in the archaeological record. The cover of the book claims that it is "the authoritative account of how homo sapiens edged out its cousins to become the world's only human species". The latter may be a better characterization, but that only applies to the tag-end of the story (basically why "humans" displaced Neanderthals). I found that the early parts of the book dealing with human ancesto [...]

    Given another chance at life, I would have chosen to be an anthropologist. So when I saw a new book about the development of humankind, I quickly grabbed it up (on my Nook). It was a great read for anyone interested in how homo sapiens came to be the premier species on the planet. Tattersoll tells a great story, using findings by researchers back to the earliest times of primates (over 2 million years ago). I learned that the path to homo sapiens didn't come straight through one species, but cou [...]

    I read this book in preparation for teaching a course on the relationship between human cultures and the non-human environment. We begin the semester with a section on human evolution where I establish the evidence for a naturalistic explanation of culture. I have had problems finding a book for this portion of the class, mainly because the books written for a general audience (as opposed to anthro or bio majors) are dominated by bad science writing filled with just-so stories, libertarian fanta [...]

    Masters of the Planet by Ian TattersallIf you’re at all interested in how humans came to be human–and I am–you’re going to love this! Even if you’re not, you probably will. Oh, in the beginning, he does throw the names of species in, but that’s okay because what he says about each is so tantalizing. So, forget the names, except for Austropithecus, Neanderthal, and Homo, and imbibe the methods used to uncover and analyze each fossil, including ancient weather.If you’ve read Chris St [...]

    Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
    Ian Tattersall's new book, Masters of the Planet, is an eloquently and well-written story of our human origins. While much of the material included in this book was familiar to me, I have to say that Dr. Tattersall's organization and presentation makes this book the perfect gift for someone looking for a thorough but easily understandable first exposure to human evolution. Tattersall's love of systematics, anatomy and taxonomy shines through brightly as he uses the narrative to carefully documen [...]

    Begüm Saçak
    This book is a scientific account of history of apes and us as a complex species. The book explains why things happened the way they did and the author points the evolutionary changes and their unique nature. In other words, evolutionary changes might not take place at once but they can be preserved in the system to be co-opted in future circumstances. A well-written, scientific book with illustrations. I found myself googling some subspecies to visualize some parts better. After reading this bo [...]

    Caleb Friz
    I really enjoyed this thoroughly researched and illuminating exploration of human evolution. It is difficult to stay up to date on all the new fossil finds, and this simple chronological explanation of all the evidence to date successfully pulled together all the disparate strands of evidence into a meaningful narrative. The only weakness is that discoveries are being made so fast, especially in improved genetic sequencing, that this book will probably be out of date in another five years. Altho [...]

    Stuart Macalpine
    One of a few books which have recently come out about human evolution as a result of the dawning realization, over the last few decades, that there have been many hominids wandering about Africa during the last two million years, and that human evolution isn't a simple story of a single lineage. The sections about evidence of social behaviour and diet are fascinating but the best part for me was the last section which mentions the emergence of 'paleo linguistics' studying the way phonemes spread [...]

    Paul R. Fleischman
    It is amazing how little we know scientifically about the origin of our own species. Modern science has enabled us to look through telescopes across billions of light years, and has also made it possible for us to sequence the genome that carries the information necessary to run our bodies and ourselves. Modern science, however, is still struggling to create a coherent narrative about the evolution of our Homo sapien species, because our memory is personal and not historical, and because the ev [...]

    I have read a couple other books by Ian Tattersall previously, one on Neandertals specifically and one on non-sapien humans generally (if we can take "human" here to mean "anybody from the genus Homo whether they are Homo sapiens or not"). So, it did pass my mind that maybe I didn't need to read another Tattersall book on the topic of our distant ancestors. But I did, and I'm glad of it, because it turns out that the distant past of pre-sapiens ancestors, is a rapidly changing field.Part of this [...]

    Billie Pritchett
    I've heard that when reviewing a book, you should review the book that you've read and not the book that you've wanted to read. It's hard not to violate that general guideline when writing up something about Ian Tattersall's Masters of the Planet. Tattersall gives you the nuts and bolts of how anthropologists differentiate and sometimes disagree about differentiating human beings from other animals and ancestral relatives. If you like that sort of thing, you will enjoy the book.What I really lik [...]

    This book was exactly what I was looking for when I picked it up: a comprehensive though not over-detailed discussion of the latest understanding of the path of human evolution. Tattersall manages to convey both the amazing discoveries and the great room for additional discoveries that have marked our understanding of human evolution. As can be expected, Tattersall discusses the fossil record in depth but still manages to keep the readers interest and does not get derailed in the minutiae of cra [...]

    Well done book by prolific author on fossil records and what can be assumed by them. Tattersall goes deeply into original earlier beliefs about how man evolved but also adds current newer ideas of how we have come to be "Masters of the planet". Basically, what I got out of it is that people have a brain that uses symbolic thinking simultaneously on a variety of levels and can use language. I found it interesting that the farther one travels from man's beginning in Africa, the less sounds the peo [...]

    Very stimulating to reengage with physical anthropology. Very clear analysis of the major finds in human evolution and the pathway from australopiths to Homo. The decision to become fully bipedal was a near run thing. We almost didn't make it. I like that Tattersall thinks the invention of fire happened long before we have evidence for it. He's excellent when dealing with bones but becomes dubious when 'symbolic consciousness' is being bruited about. It's assumed Cro Magnon had language but not [...]

    Wes Cobb
    Less the story of human (e.g homo sapiens) dominance of the planet than a catalog of fossils cleverly dressed up. Tattersall devotes 90% of his book to picking through the sparse bones of ancestors millions of years old and gives the most interesting part of the story - how modern humans became masters of the planet - little more than an afterthought in last chapter of the book.

    Jim H
    Superb book. Exactly what I was looking for an examination of our early divergence from other species. Chock full of interesting sidebars, too. My only possible complaint is that it was too short but that's because Taattersall sticks to what we know up to this point.

    Good overview of the current fossil record. Really interesting all the hominid offshoots and complexity of our evolution. A little dry for me but I gained some understanding about paleontology and really how complex and random evolution is.

    Too detailed for me

    Interesting book.

    Ian Tattersall's Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins is a true pleasure to read. Tattersall is meticulous in his chronological presentation of human evolution, carefully basing all definitive claims presented with direct evidence from the archaeological record. In the cases where physical evidence is lacking, which are fairly numerous, the author makes extremely well reasoned arguments using both living and extinct species and their respective cultures as analogs to illustrat [...]

    Pearson Moore
    Title: Masters of the PlanetAuthor: Ian TattersallGenre: Nonfiction, PaleoanthropologyLength: 266 pagesReviewer: Pearson MooreRating: 3 starsSummaryA leading authority in paleoanthropology discusses human evolution over the last five million years.From the PublisherFifty thousand years ago—merely a blip in evolutionary time—our Homo sapiens ancestors were competing for existence with several other human species, just as their precursors had done for millions of years. Yet something about our [...]

    Michele Weiner
    This is the story of the rise of homo sapiens. Tattersall traces the fossil record of hominid evolution through the millennia. He begins with discussion of Darwin, who had the right idea in a way, but whose conceptualization of the way species change was incomplete. Tattersall explains how DNA actually works, and why we share so many genes with fellow creatures. It's not only the genes, but also the "junk DNA" that in fact causes the genes to express themselves in a specific sequence, for specif [...]

    Reya Kempley
    One of the reviews on the back states, "you will not see yourself, let along our entire species, in the same way again." I could not agree more! This book was an incredibly engrossing look at hominid evolution from its beginnings in Africa, discussing in detail the whys of certain changes in hominid skeletal structure and behavior as gleaned from abundant examples from the fossil record. It covers such things as why becoming bipedal was beneficial from the perspective of the changing environment [...]

    Victor Antonov
    I won this book through the First Reads giveaway program and, to be honest, it was one of the wins that I was most excited about. Nevertheless, my review has not been influenced by the excitement.Ian Tattersall is a curator in the Museum of Natural History in New York. He has many years of experience in the field of anthropology and this clearly shows in his book. It is a very interesting read for anyone with interest in the origins of mankind. It is reasonably accessible to people with little o [...]

    Note that I am not a specialist in this areaThe title of this book is somewhat accurate: the book does look at the question of how did humans become the masters of the planet. One can quibble with this characterization - for example, the impact of humans on the world has led to some calling for the recognition of new geologiic "anthropocene" era, but I doubt it will have an impact comparable to the photosynthesis and the Great Oxygenization Event 2.4M years ago. The central question it addresses [...]

    This sometimes surprising, always fascinating book on the history of human species examines the fossil record to explain what we know about the developmental path from the earliest ape-like hominids to the prehistory of our own Homo sapiens ancestors. For most of human existence several species co-existed, sometimes side-by-side. Why is there only us today? A lot goes into trying to answer that question, including what trait or traits characterize humanness, how early climate changes and populat [...]

    I caution casual readers who have a passing interest in the history of evolution. This book is highly scientific, which I'm sure the author brandishes as a badge of pride, but it left a non-scientifically based reader withdrawn during various segments of the book. The subject matter is intoxicating, but the taxonomic nature of the book became overbearing at spots, I frequently lost track of lineage due to unfamiliarity with the lingo. Aside from those observations, I will say the final two chapt [...]

    Hajira Shaheen
    Fascinating read on the rise of humans, as a species. I specially loved the masterful storytelling skills of Tattersall. It’s an anthropological detective thriller - He is speaks quite directly and openly about the various archaeological finds, its implications and how all the jigsaw puzzles fit together. His honesty is appreciable when evidence is received contrary to the some set notions and his theoretical explanations – for instance, the discovery of “Lucy” – who seemed to be a hom [...]

    The author traces the evolution of the human species focusing on what characterizes us as human in contrast to our predecessor species as well as other hominid lineages that died out such as the Neanderthals. One thing we learn is that, contrary to current popular belief, the earliest examples of our ancestors were primarily vegetarians where meat was merely a dietary supplement. The evidence for this can be found in our teeth and digestive tracts which do not resemble those of strict carnivores [...]

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