Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth

Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth

A leading researcher on human evolution proposes a new and controversial theory of how our species came to be

In this groundbreaking and engaging work of science, world-renowned paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer sets out a new theory of humanity's origin, challenging both the multiregionalists (who hold that modern humans developed from ancient ancestors in different parts of the world) and his own "out of Africa" theory, which maintains that humans emerged rapidly in one small part of Africa and then spread to replace all other humans within and outside the continent. Stringer's new theory, based on archeological and genetic evidence, holds that distinct humans coexisted and competed across the African continent—exchanging genes, tools, and behavioral strategies.

Stringer draws on analyses of old and new fossils from around the world, DNA studies of Neanderthals (using the full genome map) and other species, and recent archeological digs to unveil his new theory. He shows how the most sensational recent fossil findings fit with his model, and he questions previous concepts (including his own) of modernity and how it evolved.

Lone Survivors will be the definitive account of who and what we were, and will change perceptions about our origins and about what it means to be human.

Title:Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780805088915
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    Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth Reviews

  • Warwick

    My mind finds it so hard to deal with the colossal timescales involved in palaeontology – even more so in the case of books like this, where the story being pieced together on this Brobdingnagian ca...

  • Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)

    Chris Stringer's Lone Survivors: How We Came to be the Only Humans on Earth comes along some seventeen years after his ground-breaking book African Exodus: The Origins of Modern Humanity (Henry Holt, ...

  • Nikki

    I’m a little baffled by those who say that this book is for the scientific community, because it so blatantly isn’t — it explains how DNA and various methods of dating work, for example, which d...

  • rmn

    Poorly organized, dry, and not as easy as it should be to piece together.....and that was just the fossils (rim shot please).The book tries to lay out current theories of early man and neanderthal man...

  • Elaine

    Without polemics, Chris Stringer shows how humans evolved. For those who believe evolution is bunk--although he doesn't mention them ever--he shows how one species, over millions or thousands of years...

  • Emma Sea

    I hoped from the title of the book this might be more about how H. sapiens came to outcompete other subspecies like H. neanderthalensis but 95% of the book is an argument for the Recent African Origin...

  • Kadri

    This was great. I liked the writing style and how detailed all the descriptions were from the methods used for dating fossils to what we can piece together from the remains of our ancient ancestors an...

  • Alison

    I want to be a palaeoanthropologist.Or at least, I did for a good half-hour after finishing this book, before I remembered that I have trouble identifying differences between bones in diagrams, even w...

  • Lis Carey

    Where does our species come from? Who were our ancestors?These are enduring human questions, and we are piecing the answers together out of bits of bone and stone tools and recovered DNA. Chris String...

  • Janice

    This wasn't as good as I thought it would be. I saw the author, Chris Stringer, on the Colbert Report. He was personable and engaging. It made me think this book would be very accessible to the layman...