For 3 million years, our small-brained ancestors, the Australopithecus genus, spread throughout Africa before leaving the scene.
From about 2 million years ago, bigger-brained members of genus Homo ranged across Eurasia without making a great impression. Homo sapiens , remarkably young at , years, did not seem a great improvement until about 60, years ago, when their brains began processing information symbolically, leading to language, art, technology and sophisticated social organization, all of which accompanied our species across the world, wiping out competing hominids.
While researchers argue over why this happened, Tattersall emphasizes that evolutionary milestones, even dramatic ones like flying, do not happen when new features appear but take advantage of those already present.
Keeping a critical eye on the evidence and a skeptical one on theories, Tattersall confirms his status among world anthropologists by delivering a superior popular explanation of human origins. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again. Be the first to discover new talent!
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