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The Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us (2018)

– tekijä: Adam Rutherford

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"Rutherford describes Humanimal as being about the paradox of how our evolutionary journey turned 'an otherwise average ape' into one capable of creating complex tools, art, music, science, and engineering. It's an intriguing question, one his book sets against descriptions of the infinitely amusing strategies and antics of a dizzying array of animals."--The New York Times Book Review Publisher's note: Humanimal was published in the UK under the title The Book of Humans. Evolutionary theory has long established that humans are animals: Modern Homo sapiens are primates who share an ancestor with monkeys and other great apes. Our genome is 98 percent identical to a chimpanzee's. And yet we think of ourselves as exceptional. Are we? In this original and entertaining tour of life on Earth, Adam Rutherford explores the profound paradox of the "human animal." Looking for answers across the animal kingdom, he finds that many things once considered exclusively human are not: In Australia, raptors have been observed starting fires to scatter prey; in Zambia, a chimp named Julie even started a "fashion" of wearing grass in one ear. We aren't the only species that communicates, makes tools, or has sex for reasons other than procreation. But we have developed a culture far more complex than any other we've observed. Why has that happened, and what does it say about us? Humanimal is a new evolutionary history--a synthesis of the latest research on genetics, sex, migration, and much more. It reveals what unequivocally makes us animals--and also why we are truly extraordinary.… (lisätietoja)
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Adorei ler este livro, aprendi imenso e sinto que consolidei o meu conhecimento sobre a evolução da nossa espécie.
É uma leitura fácil e muito interessante para quem gosta de temas científicos, nomeadamente biologia e genética.
Penso, no entanto, que o título deste livro é um pouco enganador, já que em grande parte fala de outros animais e dos seus comportamentos. Isto deve-se à sua perspetiva evolutiva, e ao facto de mencionar muitos estudos arqueológicos.
Além da escrita acessível, também achei que o livro estava muito bem organizado, com capítulos sucintos que nunca se tornaram enfadonhos.
E de resto, adorei descobrir o que realmente nos torna humanos e como chegámos até aqui. ( )
  brunapedrosa | Nov 9, 2020 |
More than everything you ever thought you wanted to know about sex. I've heard otters weren't the cute little animals they seem to be. Yikes! Fascinating information. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Oct 30, 2020 |
To say we have dominated the globe would be an understatement. We have conquered the highest mountains, reached deep into the oceans, become one of the few mammals that can fly and even been in the unique position of having had a select number of people leave the planet when they ventured into space. We tend to think of ourselves as exceptional, but are we? When you look at it from a bigger perspective, we are a single twig on a four-billion-year-old family tree that has countless species and lots of dead ends. All of these from a single origin with a code that is the very heart of our existence; DNA.

Rutherford considers all the things that make us distinctive such as speech and communication, tool creation, art, fire, social skills and how sex has gone beyond just being for procreation. But if you look hard enough at the other species that we share this world with you can find traces of these habits where they exist. There are examples of tool usage in other primates, birds and even dolphins. He explains how raptor in Australia have learnt to move fire from one part of the landscape to another and where weapons have been used by all sorts of animals. He discusses how the various types of sex that it was only thought that the human race participated in also exist in other creatures and it makes for grim reading at times.

Our genes are a map and a history of our past. Looking into its mysteries can show all sort of things, like where genes that affect language are and what they do, just how much of us is Neanderthal and how many bits of our DNA we have acquired from elsewhere. We have come to dominate the rest of the world though, even though our roots are common. Even though he is rooting through the history of our cells, this books is just what a pop science should be; accessible, understandable and intriguing enough to make you want to go and discover more about certain aspects of the text. Another book that is well worth reading from Adam Rutherford. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
On the whole, this book provides an easy to read, overly simplified introduction to human evolution and what makes humans different (or not) from other animals. Each section covers a different aspect of "humaness", such as tool use, sex, speech development and cultural dissemination. I found the book a bit bland and lacking in substance as it did not provide any information that I hadn't come across in other books, journal, magazine or internet articles.

****NOTE: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.*** ( )
  ElentarriLT | Mar 24, 2020 |
Books of this kind are sometimes hard to digest for people – like me – who are not scientifically gifted. This work, I’m pleased to say, is easy to understand, and it's a great read.

The author makes many comparisons to animals to show the similarities and differences between them and humans. This makes for some interesting and amusing reading.

This is also a quick read, not bogged down with intricate detail. ( )
  PhilSyphe | Feb 19, 2019 |
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"Rutherford describes Humanimal as being about the paradox of how our evolutionary journey turned 'an otherwise average ape' into one capable of creating complex tools, art, music, science, and engineering. It's an intriguing question, one his book sets against descriptions of the infinitely amusing strategies and antics of a dizzying array of animals."--The New York Times Book Review Publisher's note: Humanimal was published in the UK under the title The Book of Humans. Evolutionary theory has long established that humans are animals: Modern Homo sapiens are primates who share an ancestor with monkeys and other great apes. Our genome is 98 percent identical to a chimpanzee's. And yet we think of ourselves as exceptional. Are we? In this original and entertaining tour of life on Earth, Adam Rutherford explores the profound paradox of the "human animal." Looking for answers across the animal kingdom, he finds that many things once considered exclusively human are not: In Australia, raptors have been observed starting fires to scatter prey; in Zambia, a chimp named Julie even started a "fashion" of wearing grass in one ear. We aren't the only species that communicates, makes tools, or has sex for reasons other than procreation. But we have developed a culture far more complex than any other we've observed. Why has that happened, and what does it say about us? Humanimal is a new evolutionary history--a synthesis of the latest research on genetics, sex, migration, and much more. It reveals what unequivocally makes us animals--and also why we are truly extraordinary.

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