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Stories by Ian Tattersall

How We Came to Be Human

The acquisition of language and the capacity for symbolic art may lie at the very heart of the extraordinary cognitive abilities that set us apart from the rest of creation

June 1, 2006 — Ian Tattersall

Drenched in Symbolism

A dazzling record of prehistoric carvings and paintings testifies to the cognitive complexity of our species

July 1, 2003 — Ian Tattersall

Once we were not Alone

Today we take for granted that Homo Sapiens is the only Hominid on Earth. Yet for at least four million years many Hominid species shared the planet. what makes us different?

May 1, 2003 — Ian Tattersall

Out of Africa Again... and Again?

Africa is the birthplace of humanity. But how many human species evolved there? And when did they emigrate?

May 1, 2003 — Ian Tattersall

How We Came to Be Human

The acquisition of language and the capacity for symbolic art may lie at the very heart of the extraordinary cognitive abilities that set us apart from the rest of creation

December 1, 2001 — Ian Tattersall

Once We Were Not Alone

Today we take for granted that Homo sapiens is the only hominid on Earth. Yet for at least four million years many hominid species shared the planet. What makes us different?

January 1, 2000 — Ian Tattersall

Out of Africa Again... and Again?

Africa is the birthplace of humanity. But how many human species evolved there? And when did they emigrate?

April 1, 1997 — Ian Tattersall

Madagascar's Lemurs

These primates can tell us a great deal about our own evolutionary past. But many species are already extinct, and the habitats of those that remain are shrinking fast

January 1, 1993 — Ian Tattersall

Evolution Comes to Life

Reconstructing extinct humans as they were in life poses many unfamiliar and awkward problems for paleontologists accustomed to interpreting evolution from bones and teeth alone

August 1, 1992 — Ian Tattersall

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