sábado, 8 de enero de 2011

The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution


Gregory Cochran (Author), Henry Harpending (Author).
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Basic Books; First Trade Paper Edition edition (October 19, 2010).

Editorial Reviews:
Arguing that human genetic evolution is still ongoing, physicist-turned-evolutionary biologist Cochran and anthropologist Harpending marshal evidence for dramatic genetic change in the (geologically) recent past, particularly since the invention of agriculture. Unfortunately, much of their argument-including the origin of modern humans, agriculture, and Indo-Europeans-tends to neglect archaeological and geological evidence; readers should keep in mind that assumed time frames, like the age of the human species, are minimums at best and serious underestimates at worst...

Book review (January 7 2011):

A Prehistory of Ordinary People

Monica L. Smith (Author).
Paperback: 240 pages.
Publisher: University of Arizona Press (October 8, 2010).

Product Description:
For the past million years, individuals have engaged in multitasking as they interact with the surrounding environment and with each other for the acquisition of daily necessities such as food and goods. Although culture is often perceived as a collective process, it is individual people who use language, experience illness, expend energy, perceive landscapes, and create memories. These processes were sustained at the individual and household level from the time of the earliest social groups to the beginnings of settled agricultural communities and the eventual development of complex societies in the form of chiefdoms, states, and empires...

Related:
January 7 2011: Anthropology professor Monica Smith investigates multitasking as ancient ability in new book.
7-Dec-2010: Think multitasking is new? Our prehistoric ancestors invented it, UCLA book argues.