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The last human : a guide to twenty-two species of extinct humans / created by G.J. Sawyer and Viktor Deak ; text by Esteban Sarmiento, G.J. Sawyer, Richard Milner ; with contributions by Donald C. Johanson, Meave Leakey and Ian Tattersall.

  • Sawyer, G. J. (Gary J.)
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About this work


Presents the story of human evolution with scientific reconstructions of twenty-two species of extinct humans. Offers a description of "a day in the life" of each species and an account of its anatomy, behavior, and habitat.


New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, [2007]

Physical description

256 pages : colour illustrations, maps ; 28 cm


"A Peter N. Nèvraumont book."

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (p. 251) and index.


We were not alone : introduction / Ian Tattersall -- Twenty-two species of extinct human ancestors / Esteban Sarmiento -- earliest African hominids -- Morning encounters -- Omo, Lake Turkana, and Awash basins and the appearance of the human lineage -- A much welcomed visit -- We are family -- The first nomad? -- Dispatching a mortal enemy -- The first tool-using scavenger? -- South African fossil caves sites -- The animal trap -- To live and die on the high veldt -- Back to the East African Great Rift Valley and the appearance of Homo -- A two leg advantage -- The luck of the Pygmy -- In the shadow of man -- When opportunity knocks -- From Africa to Asia? -- A handful of know-how -- Eve without Adam -- A winter night's desperation -- An island sunset for the little people -- Africa, Europe, and then the world -- The ultimate competitor -- How to grow a sugarplum tree -- Greed and equality -- Hunters and hunted -- Then there was one -- App. 1. search for faces of the past / G. J. Sawyer and Viktor Deak -- App. 2. Portraits of prehistory : imaging our ancestors / Richard Milner.


  • English

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