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The Resource The accidental species : misunderstandings of human evolution, Henry Gee

The accidental species : misunderstandings of human evolution, Henry Gee

Label
The accidental species : misunderstandings of human evolution
Title
The accidental species
Title remainder
misunderstandings of human evolution
Statement of responsibility
Henry Gee
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The idea of a missing link between humanity and our animal ancestors predates evolution and popular science and actually has religious roots in the deist concept of the Great Chain of Being. Yet, the metaphor has lodged itself in the contemporary imagination, and new fossil discoveries are often hailed in headlines as revealing the elusive transitional step, the moment when we stopped being "animal" and started being "human." In The Accidental Species , Henry Gee, longtime paleontology editor at Nature , takes aim at this misleading notion, arguing that it reflects a profound misunderstanding of how evolution works and, when applied to the evolution of our own species, supports mistaken ideas about our own place in the universe. Gee presents a robust and stark challenge to our tendency to see ourselves as the acme of creation. Far from being a quirk of religious fundamentalism, human exceptionalism, Gee argues, is an error that also infects scientific thought. Touring the many features of human beings that have recurrently been used to distinguish us from the rest of the animal world, Gee shows that our evolutionary outcome is one possibility among many, one that owes more to chance than to an organized progression to supremacy
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gee, Henry
Dewey number
599.93/8
Index
index present
LC call number
GN281
LC item number
.G36 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2013 J-739
  • GN 281
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Human evolution
  • Human beings
Label
The accidental species : misunderstandings of human evolution, Henry Gee
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Dog and the atlatl
  • A cleverness of crows
  • Things we say
  • Way we think
  • Afterword : the tangled bank
  • Preface : no more missing links
  • An unexpected party
  • All about evolution
  • Losing it
  • Beowulf effect
  • Shadows of the past
  • Human error
  • Way we walk
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 203 pages
Isbn
9780226284880
Lccn
2013016599
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • ocn833574365
  • 1363099
  • (OCoLC)833574365
Label
The accidental species : misunderstandings of human evolution, Henry Gee
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Dog and the atlatl
  • A cleverness of crows
  • Things we say
  • Way we think
  • Afterword : the tangled bank
  • Preface : no more missing links
  • An unexpected party
  • All about evolution
  • Losing it
  • Beowulf effect
  • Shadows of the past
  • Human error
  • Way we walk
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 203 pages
Isbn
9780226284880
Lccn
2013016599
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • ocn833574365
  • 1363099
  • (OCoLC)833574365

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