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Overview

Introduction
The Sprawling Story of Human Evolution
by Fred Guterl

 

Section 1: Becoming Us

1.1   Lucy’s Baby
        by Kate Wong

1.2   First of Our Kind
        by Kate Wong

1.3   The Naked Truth
        by Nina G. Jablonski

 

Section 2: Secrets of Our Success

2.1   What Makes Us Different?
        by Katherine S. Pollard

2.2   Cooking Up Bigger Brains
        by Rachael Moeller Gorman

2.3   The Evolution of Grandparents
        by Rachel Caspari

2.4   Four Fallacies of Pop Evolutionary Psychology
        by David J. Buller

 

Section 3: Migration and Colonization

3.1   When the Sea Saved Humanity
        by Curtis W. Marean

3.2   Traces of a Distant Past
        by Gary Stix

3.3   The First Americans
        by Heather Pringle

 

SECTION 4: Vanished Humans

4.1   Twilight of the Neandertals
        by Kate Wong

4.2   Our Inner Neandertal
        by Kate Wong

4.3   Rethinking the Hobbits of Indonesia
        by Kate Wong

 

SECTION 5: Our Continuing Evolution

5.1   Why We Help
        by Martin A. Nowak

5.2   How We Are Evolving
        by Jonathan K. Pritchard

5.3   What May Become of Us?
        by Peter Ward

Becoming Human: Our Past, Present and Future

We humans are a strange bunch. We have self-awareness and yet often act on impulses that remain hidden. How did we get here? What is to become of us? To these age-old questions, science has in recent years brought powerful tools and reams of data, and in this eBook, Becoming Human: Our Past, Present and Future*, we look at what these data have to tell us about who we are.

* Editor’s note: Special Edition was published as Evolution: What Makes Us Human? The eBook adaptation contains all of the articles, but some artwork has been removed to optimize viewing on tablet devices.

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