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Tattersall, Ian

Works: 226 works in 783 publications in 7 languages and 32,287 library holdings
Genres: Encyclopedias  Reference works  Essays  History  Dictionaries  Sources  Handbooks and manuals 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, htt, Speaker, Creator, Opponent, Contributor
Classifications: GN281, 599.938
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Most widely held works by Ian Tattersall
The fossil trail : how we know what we think we know about human evolution by Ian Tattersall( Book )

29 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 3,349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tattersall describes Dubois's work in Java, the many discoveries in South Africa by pioneers such as Raymond Dart and Robert Broom, Louis and Mary Leakey's work at Olduvai Gorge, Don Johanson's famous discovery of "Lucy" (a 3.4 million-year-old female hominid, some 40% complete), and the more recent discovery of the "Turkana Boy," even more complete than "Lucy" and remarkably similar to modern human skeletons. He discusses the many techniques available to analyze finds, from fluorine analysis (developed in the 1950s, it exposed Piltdown as a hoax) and radiocarbon dating to such modern techniques as electron spin resonance and the analysis of human mitochondrial DNA. He gives us a succinct picture of what we presently think our family tree looks like, with at least three genera and perhaps a dozen species through time (though he warns that this greatly underestimates the actual diversity of hominids over the past two million or so years). And he paints a vivid, insider's portrait of paleoanthropology, the dogged work in the broiling sun, searching for a tooth or a fractured corner of bone amid stone litter and shadows, with no guarantee of ever finding anything
The world from beginnings to 4000 BCE by Ian Tattersall( )

27 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 2,386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this lively and readable introduction, renowned anthropologist Ian Tattersall thoroughly examines both fossil and archaeological records to trace human evolution from the earliest beginnings of our zoological family, Hominidae, through the appearance of Homo sapiens to the Agrictultureal Revolution
The brain : big bangs, behaviors, and beliefs by Rob DeSalle( Book )

15 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After several million years of jostling for ecological space, only one survivor from a host of hominid species remains standing: us. Human beings are extraordinary creatures, and it is the unprecedented human brain that makes them so. In this book the authors present a step-by-step account of the evolution of the brain and nervous system. Tapping the very latest findings in evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and molecular biology, the authors explain how the cognitive gulf that separates us from all other living creatures could have occurred. They discuss the development and uniqueness of human consciousness, how human and nonhuman brains work, the roles of different nerve cells, the importance of memory and language in brain functions, and much more. Our brains, they conclude, are the product of a lengthy and supremely untidy history, an evolutionary process of many zigs and zags, that has accidentally resulted in a splendidly eccentric and creative product
The last human : a guide to twenty-two species of extinct humans by Esteban E Sarmiento( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book tells the story of human evolution, the epic of Homo sapiens and its colorful precursors and relatives. The story begins in Africa, six to seven million years ago, and encompasses twenty-two known human species, of which Homo sapiens is the sole survivor. Illustrated with spectacular, three-dimensional scientific reconstructions portrayed in their natural habitat - the result of creative collaboration between physical anthropologist G.J. Sawyer of the American Museum of Natural History and paleoartist Viktor Deak, in consultation with experts from around the world - the book is both a guide to extinct human species and an astonishing hominid family photo album."--Jacket
Paleontology : a brief history of life by Ian Tattersall( )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paleontology: A Brief History of Life is the fifth title published in the Templeton Science and Religion Series, in which scientists from a wide range of fields distill their experience and knowledge into brief tours of their respective specialties. In this volume, Ian Tattersall, a highly esteemed figure in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, and paleontology, leads a fascinating tour of the history of life and the evolution of human beings. Starting at the very beginning, Tattersall examines patterns of change in the biosphere over time, and the correlations of biological events with physical changes in the Earth's environment. He introduces the complex of evolutionary processes, situates human beings in the luxuriant diversity of Life (demonstrating that however remarkable we may legitimately find ourselves to be, we are the product of the same basic forces and processes that have driven the evolutionary histories of all other creatures), and he places the origin of our extraordinary spiritual sensibilities in the context of the exaptational and emergent acquisition of symbolic cognition and thought." -- Publisher's description
Extinct humans by Ian Tattersall( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 1,479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on their unprecedented personal examination of virtually every known hominid fossil in collections around the world, Ian Tattersall and Jeffrey Schwartz offer a radical reinterpretation of human evolution. They demonstrate that there have been multiple coexisting human species throughout hominid history, even as recently as 25,000 years ago"--Book jacket
Masters of the planet : seeking the origins of human singularity by Ian Tattersall( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When homo sapiens made their entrance 100,000 years ago they were confronted by a wide range of other early humans--homo erectus, who walked better and used fire; homo habilis who used tools; and of course the Neanderthals, who were brawny and strong. But shortly after their arrival, something happened that vaulted the species forward and made them the indisputable masters of the planet. This book is devoted to revealing just what that difference is. It explores how the physical traits and cognitive ability of homo sapiens distanced them from the rest of nature. Even more importantly, Masters of the Planet looks at how our early ancestors acquired these superior abilities; it shows that their strange and unprecedented mental facility is not, as most of us were taught, simply a basic competence that was refined over unimaginable eons by natural selection. Instead, it is an emergent capacity that was acquired quite recently and changed the world definitively"--
Encyclopedia of human evolution and prehistory by Eric Delson( Book )

23 editions published between 1988 and 2000 in English and held by 1,232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This comprehensive and authoritative source of the evolution of humankind, has now been revised, expanded, and updated. It has more than 200 new entries covering the latest fossil finds and cutting-edge theories.--[book cover]
Becoming human : evolution and human uniqueness by Ian Tattersall( Book )

35 editions published between 1998 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 1,229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking the reader around the world, stopping in France to examine 30,000-year-old cave paintings, in Africa to see where our earliest ancestors left their bones, and in remote forests to spy on our closest relatives, the great apes, Tattersall keeps his focus on the big questions. This book is thus not only about evolution but about the meaning of our existence on this planet and our relationship to the living world. Tattersall breathes life into the human remains, searches the ancient sites for culture as well as fossils, and brings us cutting-edge research on other primates' "language," tool making, and social cooperation. What makes us really different, and what is the future of our species? Becoming Human answers these questions
The human odyssey : four million years of human evolution by Ian Tattersall( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and held by 1,202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three and a half million years ago, two upright figures walked together across the Laetoli desert in Tanzania, their footsteps captured forever in volcanic ash. Were these remarkable footprints made by one of our earliest ancestors, and what can they tell us about the human evolutionary journey? This is just one of the puzzles of the compelling story of human evolution explored in this volume. Based on the new Hall of Human Biology and Evolution at the American Museum of Natural History, the most extensive exhibition of the subject ever designed, The Human Odyssey examines how both significant fossil finds and startling new theories have been used by scientists to trace the path of human evolution
The last Neanderthal : the rise, success, and mysterious extinction of our closest human relatives by Ian Tattersall( Book )

26 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 1,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marshals the best available evidence to unravel the mysteries of the Neanderthals -- who they were, how they lived, how they succeeded for so long, and -- the most intriguing question -- what happened to them
The myths of human evolution by Niles Eldredge( Book )

13 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 1,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the mechanism of evolution, criticizes the theory of constant adaptive change in terms of gaps in the fossil record, and looks at the evolution of humans
Race? : debunking a scientific myth by Ian Tattersall( Book )

12 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Race has provided the rationale and excuse for some of the worst atrocities in human history. Yet, according to many biologists, physical anthropologists, and geneticists, there is no valid scientific justification for the concept of race. To be more precise, although there is clearly some physical basis for the variations that underlie perceptions of race, clear boundaries among "races" remain highly elusive from a purely biological standpoint. Differences among human populations that people intuitively view as "racial" are not only superficial but are also of astonishingly recent origin. In this intriguing and highly accessible book, physical anthropologist Ian Tattersall and geneticist Rob DeSalle, both senior scholars from the American Museum of Natural History, explain what human races actually are--and are not--and place them within the wider perspective of natural diversity. They explain that the relative isolation of local populations of the newly evolved human species during the last Ice Age--when Homo sapiens was spreading across the world from an African point of origin--has now begun to reverse itself, as differentiated human populations come back into contact and interbreed. Indeed, the authors suggest that all of the variety seen outside of Africa seems to have both accumulated and started reintegrating within only the last 50,000 or 60,000 years--the blink of an eye, from an evolutionary perspective. The overarching message of Race? Debunking a Scientific Myth is that scientifically speaking, there is nothing special about racial variation within the human species. These distinctions result from the working of entirely mundane evolutionary processes, such as those encountered in other organisms
A natural history of wine by Ian Tattersall( )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Conversational and accessible to everyone, this colorfully illustrated book embraces almost every imaginable area of the sciences, from microbiology and ecology (for an understanding of what creates this complex beverage) to physiology and neurobiology (for insight into the effects of wine on the mind and body). The authors draw on physics, chemistry, biochemistry, evolution, and climatology, and they expand the discussion to include insights from anthropology, primatology, entomology, Neolithic archaeology, and even classical history. The resulting volume is indispensable for anyone who wishes to appreciate wine to its fullest."--
The monkey in the mirror : essays on science and what makes us human by Ian Tattersall( Book )

24 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and French and held by 884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nothing fascinates us more than explorations of human origins, and nobody tells the story better than Ian Tattersall. What makes us so different? How did we get this way? How do we know? And what exactly are we? These questions are what make human evolution a subject of general fascination. Ian Tattersall, one of those rare scientists who is also a graceful writer, addresses them in this delightful book. Writing in an informal essay style, Tattersall leads the reader around the world and into the far reaches of the past, showing what the science of human evolution is up against-from the sparsity of evidence to the pressures of religious fundamentalism. Looking with dispassion and humor at our origins, Tattersall offers a wholly new definition of what it is to be human. Delightful stories, scientific wisdom, fresh insight-the perfect science book
Handbook of paleoanthropology by Winfried Henke( )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and held by 791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume 1 covers methods in systematics, geology, genetics, anthropology, and cognate areas. Volume 2 concentrates on primates, both the fossil record (and morphology) and the implications of modern behavior and ecology for human origins. Volume 3 surveys human fossils and adaptations in detail, with sections on genetics, archaeology, and other topics
The strange case of the rickety cossack : and other cautionary tales from human evolution by Ian Tattersall( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his new book human paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall argues that a long tradition of "human exceptionalism" in paleoanthropology has distorted the picture of human evolution. Drawing partly on his own career--from young scientist in awe of his elders to crotchety elder statesman--Tattersall offers an idiosyncratic look at the competitive world of paleoanthropology, beginning with Charles Darwin 150 years ago, and continuing through the Leakey dynasty in Africa, and concluding with the latest astonishing findings in the Caucasus. The book's title refers to the 1856 discovery of a clearly very old skull cap in Germany's Neander Valley. The possessor had a brain as large as a modern human, but a heavy low braincase with a prominent brow ridge. Scientists tried hard to explain away the inconvenient possibility that this was not actually our direct relative. One extreme interpretation suggested that the preserved leg bones were curved by both rickets, and by a life on horseback. The pain of the unfortunate individual's affliction had caused him to chronically furrow his brow in agony, leading to the excessive development of bone above the eye sockets. The subsequent history of human evolutionary studies is full of similarly fanciful interpretations. With tact and humor, Tattersall concludes that we are not the perfected products of natural processes, but instead the result of substantial doses of random happenstance"--
Human origins : what bones and genomes tell us about ourselves by Rob DeSalle( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes how mapping the human genome has aided paleoanthropologists in their study of ancient bones used to explore human origins, from the earliest humans--bipedal apes--up to Martin Pickford's Millennium Man
Lemur biology by Ian Tattersall( Book )

14 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I Introductory.- 1 History of Study of the Malagasy Lemurs, with Notes on Major Museum Collections.- 2 Notes on Topography, Climate, and Vegetation of Madagascar.- II Systematics and Evolution.- 3 The Significance of Chromosomal Studies in the Systematics of the Malagasy Lemurs.- 4 Development and Eruption of the Premolar Region of Prosimians and Its Bearing on Their Evolution.- 5 Dentition of Adapis parisiensis and the Evolution of Lemuriform Primates.- III Morphology and Physiology.- 6 Structure of the Ear Region in Living and Subfossil Lemurs.- 7 Notes on the Cranial Anatomy of the Subfossi
Troublesome science : the misuse of genetics and genomics in understanding race by Rob DeSalle( )

8 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is well established that all human beings today, wherever they live, belong to one single species. Yet even many people who claim to abhor racism take for granted that human "races" have a biological reality. From pharmacological researchers to the U.S. government, the dubious tradition of classifying people by race lives on. In Troublesome Science, Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall provide a lucid and compelling presentation of how the tools of modern biological science have been misused to sustain the belief in the biological basis of racial classification. Troublesome Science argues that taxonomy, the scientific classification of organisms, provides a cure for such misbegotten mischaracterizations. DeSalle and Tattersall explain how taxonomists do their job, in particular the genomic and morphological techniques they use to identify a species and to understand and organize the relationships among different species and the variants within them. They detail the use of genetic data to trace human origins and look at how scientists have attempted to recognize discrete populations within Homo sapiens. DeSalle and Tattersall demonstrate conclusively that these techniques, when applied correctly to the study of human variety, fail to find genuine differences, striking a blow against pseudoscientific chicanery. While the diversity that exists within our species is a real phenomenon, it nevertheless defeats any systematic attempt to recognize discrete units within it. The stark lines that humans insist on drawing between their own groups and others are nothing but a mixture of imagination and ideology
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The last human : a guide to twenty-two species of extinct humans
The world from beginnings to 4000 BCEThe last human : a guide to twenty-two species of extinct humansPaleontology : a brief history of lifeExtinct humansEncyclopedia of human evolution and prehistoryBecoming human : evolution and human uniquenessThe human odyssey : four million years of human evolutionThe last Neanderthal : the rise, success, and mysterious extinction of our closest human relatives
Alternative Names
Ian Tattersall American paleoanthropologist

Ian Tattersall Amerikaans antropoloog

Ian Tattersall antropologo inglese

Ian Tattersall britischer Paläoanthropologe

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