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4. The long-term history of Europe and Asia

4. The long-term history of Europe and Asia  

Chris Gosden

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2018
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Jun 2018
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9780191841705
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10.1093/actrade/9780198803515.003.0004
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‘The long-term history of Europe and Asia’ explains how the fluctuating climatic systems between cold and warm periods provided the context in which the global expansion of our ancestors ... More
7. Final thoughts

7. Final thoughts  

Chris Gosden

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2018
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Jun 2018
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9780191841705
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10.1093/actrade/9780198803515.003.0007
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Rethinking our deep past is underway. An older scheme emphasizing progress has been challenged by both empirical evidence and new thoughts on what it means to be human. Prehistory as ... More
6. Archaic and transitional hominins

6. Archaic and transitional hominins  

Bernard Wood

in Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
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9780191869600
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10.1093/actrade/9780198831747.003.0006
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‘Archaic and transitional hominins’ considers the fossil species that almost certainly belong to the hominin clade, but which are still a long way from being like modern humans. The fossils ... More
3. In the beginning—African origins and global movements

3. In the beginning—African origins and global movements  

Chris Gosden

in Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2018
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Jun 2018
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9780191841705
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10.1093/actrade/9780198803515.003.0003
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‘In the beginning—African origins and global movements’ outlines the history of human ancestors, who split off from the other great apes in the late Miocene (c.7 mya (million years ago)). ... More
7. Pre-modern Homo

7. Pre-modern Homo  

Bernard Wood

in Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
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9780191869600
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10.1093/actrade/9780198831747.003.0007
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So when and where in human evolutionary history do we see the earliest evidence of creatures that are more like modern humans? ‘Pre-modern Homo’ considers the species that many hominins ... More
8. Of molecules and man

8. Of molecules and man  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776090
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10.1093/actrade/9780192805041.003.0008
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‘Of molecules and man’ considers human evolution and the use of modern DNA analysis to fill in the gaps in the phylogeny of Homo sapiens. Human fossils show us how our forebears lived, ... More
8. The origin of humans

8. The origin of humans  

Michael J. Benton

in The History of Life: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2008
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Sep 2013
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9780191777011
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10.1093/actrade/9780199226320.003.0009
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9780199226320
‘The origin of humans’ begins by looking at the first primates and mammals and the three modern orders that originated in the Jurassic and Cretaceous — the monotremes, marsupials, and ... More
8. Modern Homo

8. Modern Homo  

Bernard Wood

in Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
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9780191869600
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10.1093/actrade/9780198831747.003.0008
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‘Modern Homo’ considers evidence about the origin and subsequent migrations of anatomically modern humans, or Homo sapiens. What features of the skeleton are only found in modern humans? ... More
2. The moral status of animals

2. The moral status of animals  

David DeGrazia

in Animal Rights: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191776380
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853608.003.0002
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9780192853608
Increasingly, people claim that animals have moral status, moral rights, or both. What does this mean? To say that a cat has moral status is to say that the cat has moral importance in her ... More
2. From 55,000 to 7 billion

2. From 55,000 to 7 billion  

Sarah Harper

in Demography: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2018
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May 2018
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9780191792724
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10.1093/actrade/9780198725732.003.0002
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9780198725732
‘From 55,000 to 7 billion’ describes how global population has evolved over time and space, experiencing a small increase for thousands of years, until around 200 years ago when global ... More
Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Bernard Wood

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
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9780191869600
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10.1093/actrade/9780198831747.001.0001
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9780198831747
Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction traces the history of palaeoanthropology from its beginnings in the 18th century to the very latest fossil finds. In this new edition ... More
1. Introduction

1. Introduction  

Bernard Wood

in Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
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9780191869600
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10.1093/actrade/9780198831747.003.0001
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All living organisms are situated on a Tree of Life that began around three billion years ago. The Introduction explains that this VSI focuses on the last stage of the human evolutionary ... More
Mammals: A Very Short Introduction

Mammals: A Very Short Introduction  

T. S. Kemp

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Sep 2017
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Sep 2017
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9780191821172
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10.1093/actrade/9780198766940.001.0001
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9780198766940
Mammals: A Very Short Introduction explores the nature, evolutionary history, and modern diversity of mammals. From a little shrew-like, nocturnal, insect-eating ancestor ... More
5. Anthropos

5. Anthropos  

Erle C. Ellis

in Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191834738
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10.1093/actrade/9780198792987.003.0005
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9780198792987
Humans are the ultimate ecosystem engineers. From land clearing using fire, to domesticating other species, and tilling the soil, there is a long, rich, and diachronous history of human ... More
War and Technology: A Very Short Introduction

War and Technology: A Very Short Introduction  

Alex Roland

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Oct 2016
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Oct 2016
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9780190605414
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10.1093/actrade/9780190605384.001.0001
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9780190605384
Warfare and its technologies predate human history. Their dynamic relationship drives the transformation of war and countless realms of technological innovation. Yet even now the newest, ... More
4. The evidence for evolution: patterns in time and space

4. The evidence for evolution: patterns in time and space  

Brian Charlesworth and Deborah Charlesworth

in Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
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9780191842719
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10.1093/actrade/9780198804369.003.0004
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9780198804369
‘The evidence for evolution: patterns in time and space’ describes how the evidence for evolution derives from Earth history and the patterns of geographical distribution of living species. ... More
9. Fakes and fortunes

9. Fakes and fortunes  

Keith Thomson

in Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776090
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10.1093/actrade/9780192805041.003.0009
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9780192805041
‘Fakes and fortunes’ shows how fossils have now become big business with perfect specimens commanding high fees. This has resulted in a number of fake specimens. The Piltdown forgery of ... More
1. Origins

1. Origins  

Erle C. Ellis

in Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction

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Mar 2018
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Mar 2018
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9780191834738
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10.1093/actrade/9780198792987.003.0001
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9780198792987
Overwhelming evidence now confirms that humans are changing Earth in unprecedented ways. With such evidence, the proposal to recognize the Anthropocene as a new interval of geologic ... More
Fossils: A Very Short Introduction

Fossils: A Very Short Introduction  

Keith Thomson

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Oct 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776090
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10.1093/actrade/9780192805041.001.0001
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9780192805041
How did Darwin use fossils to support his theory of evolution? What are ‘living fossils’? What fossils will we leave behind for future generations to examine? Fossils: A Very Short ... More

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