Man the Hunted
Primates, Predators, and Human Evolution Expanded edition
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Man the Hunted by Donna L. Hart
Book DescriptionThis book presents a provocative view of human evolution that contends early humans occupied a far more vulnerable position in the food chain than we like to imagine. "Man the Hunted" argues that primates, including the earliest members of the human family, have evolved as the prey of any number of predators, including wild cats and dogs, hyenas, snakes, crocodiles, and even birds. The authors' studies of predators on monkeys and apes are supplemented here with the observations of naturalists in the field and revealing interpretations of the fossil record. Eyewitness accounts of the 'man the hunted' drama being played out even now give vivid evidence of its prehistoric significance.This provocative view of human evolution suggests that countless adaptations that have allowed our species to survive - from larger brains to speech - stem from a considerably more vulnerable position on the food chain than we might like to imagine. The myth of early humans as fearless hunters dominating the earth obscures our origins as just one of many species that had to be cautious, depend on other group members, communicate danger, and come to terms with being merely one cog in the complex cycle of life.New to the expanded edition is a chapter describing the ever-increasing evidence of predation on humans and other primates. The chapter promises to be controversial in its claim that the earliest humans were neither hunters nor even the accomplished scavengers that many authorities have claimed. Skilfully analyzing diverse evidence, "Man the Hunted" casts an entirely new light on the natural history of primates and the evolution of modern humans.This is not a core text. It is a lively, engaging, and provocative book that will supplement the more staid, mainstream textbooks in human evolution. This book is most directly useful in Human Evolution (and Evolution of Man and Culture) courses, which are a subset of the larger field of Physical Anthropology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813344034
(229mm x 153mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 7-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Donna L. Hart
Donna Hart is associate teaching professor of anthropology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and was a professional in the field of wildlife conservation for many years. Robert W. Sussman is a professor of physical anthropology and environmental science at Washington University, editor of American Anthropologist, and is currently editor of Yearbook of Physical Anthropology and secretary of the anthropology section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the author of many scientific articles and books on anthropology and primatology.
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