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Shipman, Pat 1949-

Overview
Works: 59 works in 288 publications in 8 languages and 14,047 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Other
Classifications: GN285, 573.3
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Most widely held works by Pat Shipman
The Neanderthals : changing the image of mankind by Erik Trinkaus( Book )

32 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1856, at the very time when Charles Darwin was writing The Origin of Species, which would popularize the revolutionary concept of evolution worldwide, the fossilized remains of a stocky, powerful, human-like creature were discovered in a German valley called Neandertal. The bones were believed by some scientists to have belonged to a primitive version of modern man. But how old were they? Thus began a controversy that has continued to this day, swirling around the
The evolution of racism : human differences and the use and abuse of science by Pat Shipman( Book )

21 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 1,445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of evolutionary theory and ideas about race and racism - explains the original controversy over evolution in Darwin's time; the corruption of evolutionary theory into eugenics; the conflict between laboratory research in genetics and field work in physical anthrolpology and biology, which gave rise to the "new synthesis" of modern evolutionary biology, which in turn cast new light on the age-old debate over nature versus nurture; and the continuing controversies over the heritability of intelligence, criminal behavior, and other traits
The wisdom of the bones : in search of human origins by Alan Walker( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walker examines even the tiniest of bones and the subtlest of clues in his analysis. He first recounts the story of the more-than-century-long search for the "missing link," a bizarre and compelling saga made up of brilliant science and speculative nonsense. Then he builds, step-by-step, on some of his predecessors' assumptions, and he challenges others, using state-of-the-art techniques to reveal the truth. In Walker's hands the bones reveal an amazing amount of information about the Nariokotome boy's anatomy and the way he lived. We watch as Walker deduces from the evidence that community and cooperation were already very important at this stage of human evolution; that the boy was modern in climatic adaptation and locomotion yet archaic in growth pattern; and that the boy could not speak. In Walker's final assessment this last insight becomes the most important one
Taking wing : Archaeopteryx and the evolution of bird flight by Pat Shipman( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 1,235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1861, just a few years after the publication of Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species, a scientist named Hermann von Meyer made an amazing discovery. Hidden in the Bavarian region of Germany was a fossil skeleton so exquisitely preserved that its wings and feathers were as obvious as its reptilian jaws and tail. This transitional creature offered tangible proof of Darwin's theory of evolution. Hailed as First Bird by its champions and dismissed by detractors as just another ancient reptile - or even a grand hoax - Archaeopteryx has remained the subject of heated debates in the scientific community for nearly 140 years. In Taking Wing, Pat Shipman offers a compelling account of how scientific thinking about the mysteries of flight developed up to the present day. Flight, it seems, evolved three times - in birds, bats, and pterosaurs. Shipman's story unfolds twice - through the braided tales of the evolutionary record and the scientists who have so painstakingly pieced it together
The man who found the missing link : Eugène Dubois and his lifelong quest to prove Darwin right by Pat Shipman( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and Dutch and held by 1,128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Dubois family motto, "Recte et fortiter," means straight and strong, and Dubois lived it to the letter. He willfully abandoned his home and promising career at the University of Amsterdam to drag his wife and baby daughter halfway around the world to search the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) for the legendary missing link. After five years, two weeks, and three days of life-threatening work, Dubois' excavations yielded the missing link. It was a form he called Pithecanthropus erectus, a heavily fossilized skullcap, tooth, and femur (thigh hone) of an ape-man the like of which the world had never seen." "Drawing on Dubois' personal archives, to which she has had unprecedented access, Pat Shipman sets the historic and scientific record right in this dramatic and moving biography. In her revisionist view, Dubois is the unrecognized father of modern paleoanthropology (the science of human origins and evolution), one of the greatest discoverers of human origins. He was much more than just a fossil-finder; he was a scientist of genius."--Jacket
To the heart of the Nile : Lady Florence Baker and the exploration of central Africa by Pat Shipman( Book )

23 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait drawn from historical documents discusses the nineteenth-century adventurer's rescue from slavery, her education under and marriage to English adventurer Sam Baker, and her life in the uncharted interior of Africa
The animal connection : a new perspective on what makes us human by Pat Shipman( Book )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why do humans all over the world take in and nurture other animals? This behavior might seem maladaptive, after all, every mouthful given to another species is one that you cannot eat, but in this study, the author, an anthropologist reveals that our propensity to domesticate and care for other animals is in fact among our species' greatest strengths. For the last 2.6 million years, she explains, humans who coexisted with animals enjoyed definite adaptive and cultural advantages. To illustrate this point, she gives a tour of the milestones in human civilization, from tool-making and agriculture to art and even language, and describes how we reached each stage through our unique interdependent relationship with other animals. She also offers a window on the process of anthropological discovery, describing how remains and artifacts can be translated into an accurate and enlightening narrative of our history as a species. The book reaffirms our love of animals as something both innate and distinctly human, revealing that the process of domestication not only changed animals but had a resounding impact on humans as well
Femme fatale : love, lies, and the unknown life of Mata Hari by Pat Shipman( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the notorious early twentieth-century spy considers the theory that she may have been innocent of the charges for which she was executed, in an account that profiles her as a complicated seducer of men who had an unusual talent for manipulation
The human skeleton by Pat Shipman( Book )

11 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and German and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uitgebreide en gedetailleerde beschrijving van de anatomie en de funtie van het menselijk skelet
Life history of a fossil : an introduction to taphonomy and paleoecology by Pat Shipman( Book )

16 editions published between 1981 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The invaders : how humans and their dogs drove Neanderthals to extinction by Pat Shipman( Book )

11 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Invaders musters compelling evidence to show that the major factor in the Neanderthals' demise was direct competition with newly arriving humans. Drawing on insights from the field of invasion biology, which predicts that the species ecologically closest to the invasive predator will face the greatest competition, Pat Shipman traces the devastating impact of a growing human population: reduction of Neanderthals' geographic range, isolation into small groups, and loss of genetic diversity. But modern humans were not the only invaders who competed with Neanderthals for big game. Shipman reveals fascinating confirmation of humans' partnership with the first domesticated wolf-dogs soon after Neanderthals first began to disappear. This alliance between two predator species, she hypothesizes, made possible an unprecedented degree of success in hunting large Ice Age mammals--a distinct and ultimately decisive advantage for humans over Neanderthals at a time when climate change made both groups vulnerable."--Publisher's Web site
The ape in the tree : an intellectual and natural history of Proconsul by Alan Walker( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book offers a unique insider's perspective on the unfolding discovery of a crucial link in our evolution: Proconsul, a fossil ape named whimsically after a performing chimpanzee called Consul." "The Ape in the Tree is written in the voice of Alan Walker, whose involvement with Proconsul began when his graduate supervisor analyzed the tree-climbing adaptations in the arm and hand of this extinct creature. Today, Proconsul is the best-known fossil ape in the world." "The history of ideas is set against the vivid adventures of Walker's fossil-hunting expeditions in remote regions of Africa, where the team met with violent thunderstorms, dangerous wildlife, and people isolated from the Western world. Analysis of the thousands of new Proconsul specimens they recovered provides revealing glimpses of the life of this last common ancestor between apes and humans."--BOOK JACKET
The wisdom of bones : in search of human origins by Alan Walker( Book )

19 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A groundbreaking book which leading on from the discovery of Homo Erectus, that this being was an animal trapped in a human body and had mastered the trick of growing a large brain. But to Walker's surprise the being was speechless, challenging the existing theory that the language acquisition marks the origins of man
The man who found the missing link : the extraordinary life of Eugène Dubois by Pat Shipman( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To the heart of the Nile : Florence Baker's extraordinary life from the harem to the heart of Africa by Pat Shipman( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The man who found the missing link : the life and times of Eugene Dubois by Pat Shipman( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reconstructing the paleoecology and taphonomic history of Ramapithecus wickeri at Fort Ternan, Kenya by Pat Shipman( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De gestolen vrouw : het bijzondere leven van Lady Florence Baker, van haremmeisje tot ontdekkingsreizigster by Pat Shipman( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in Dutch and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The invaders : how humans and their dogs drove Neanderthals to extinction by Pat Shipman( )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With their large brains, sturdy physique, sophisticated tools, and hunting skills, Neanderthals are the closest known relatives to humans
The last Neandertal( Visual )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some 150,000 years ago Europe and Western Asia were dominated by an extraordinary race of human beings who were tall, around 6 feet or so, with an immensely strong physical build and clearly intelligent, their brain was slightly larger than that of modern man. They were called the Neandertals. They had the strength, courage and the social organisation to survive and thrive even through the terrible ordeal of successive ice ages which carpeted Northern Europe. They were great survivors. Then Suddenly, around 35,000 years ago they disappeared. Wiped off the map. Extinct. Replaced in some strange and inexplicable way by our own direct ancestors, Modern Man, homo sapiens sapiens who went on to populate the entire world. The extraordinary disappearance of the Neandertals remains one of the great mysteries in the history of human evolution. This award winning documentary unravels that mystery and explores the latest scientific research to present, at last, a solution to the Neandertal
 
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The evolution of racism : human differences and the use and abuse of science
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The evolution of racism : human differences and the use and abuse of scienceThe wisdom of the bones : in search of human originsTaking wing : Archaeopteryx and the evolution of bird flightThe man who found the missing link : Eugène Dubois and his lifelong quest to prove Darwin rightTo the heart of the Nile : Lady Florence Baker and the exploration of central AfricaThe animal connection : a new perspective on what makes us humanFemme fatale : love, lies, and the unknown life of Mata HariThe human skeleton