Auteur: Chris Stringer
A LEADING RESEARCHER ON HUMAN EVOLUTION PROPOSES A NEW AND CONTROVERSIAL THEORY OF HOW OUR SPECIES CAME TO BE.
In Lone Survivors, the world-renowned paleoan-thropologist Chris Stringer puts forward a radi-cal new theory of humanity's origin. Drawing on previously unavailable archaeological and genetic evidence, he argues that Homo sapiens did not origi-nate in a single region of Africa. Instead, different populations coexisted across the continent with other species like HOMO erectus, exchanging genes, tools, and behavioral and survival strategies before some of them migrated into Europe and beyond. Eventually, Homo sapiens replaced all other human species.
Stringer describes how advances in modern sci-ence have had a huge impact on our understanding of man's origins, and how newly available analysis has shown that the appearance of modern humans was not inevitable, but was the result of successes, failures, luck, diet, and climatic changes. In Dar-win's time, there was little fossil evidence at all, but today it is possible to map the genre of a Nean-derthal and scan hominid fossils down to the width of a single cell. New techniques from radiocarbon dating to satellite images can unlock remarkable evolutionary insights from fossils, measure historic temperature fluctuations in Greenland ice, and dis-cover huge river channels beneath the desert sands. In exploring the different aspects of the the-ory, Stringer addresses some of the most intrigu-ing questions about mankind's past: What forces shaped the origin of modern humans? What do the genetic data really tell us about our origins? What drove modern humans to migrate from Africa? How much of our modern behavior was shared by earlier human species? Is the evolution of modern humans complete, and are we the finished product? Lone Survivors is the definitive account of who and what we were and will change perceptions about our origins and about what it means to be human.