The Artificial Ape How Technology Changed the Course of Human Evolution

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-07-20
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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While Darwin's theory explains our common descent, scientists have grappled with the reasons why human evolution defies the principles of natural selection and why, although we dominate the planet, we have become the weakest ape. In this fascinating narrative, leading archaeologist Timothy Taylor proposes that it was our early adoption of tools, objects, and, now, technology that changed us, demonstrating how: baby slings made out of animal fur freed up our arms up to use tools; clothes kept us warm, reducing our need for body hair; shelter protected us from the elements and led our bodies to become slighter and physically weaker.Drawing on the latest fossil evidence, Taylor shows how humans made choices that assumed greater control over their own evolution.

Author Biography

Dr. Timothy Taylor is a leading evolutionary scientist and editor-in-chief of the Journal of World Prehistory. He has appeared on the History Channel, Discovery, National Geographic specials, and contributes to such publications as Nature, Scientific American, and World Archaeology. He is the author of The Buried Soul and The Prehistory of Sex. He is Professor of Archeaology at the University of Bradford in the UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Just Three Systemsp. 1
Survival of the Weakestp. 13
Naked Cunningp. 33
Unintelligent Designp. 55
The 7,000-Calorie Lunchp. 83
The Smart Biped Paradoxp. 103
Inward Machineryp. 131
Skeuomorphsp. 151
Screen Culturep. 171
Conclusion: One World, Againp. 191
Acknowledgmentsp. 205
Notesp. 207
Bibliographyp. 221
Indexp. 241
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