We, Hominids: An anthropological detective story

Author(s): Frank Westerman

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A roving philosophical journey into what makes us human.In We, Hominids, one of Holland's greatest non-fiction writers hunts down answers to humanity's most fundamental questions- Who are we? What makes us different from animals? With an ancient skull as his starting point, he travels the globe, tracing the search for the first human being- the missing link between humans and apes.Westerman introduces us to the world of skull hunters - leading experts in our fossil ancestry - and astutely reconsiders the work of illustrious anthropologists, in the light of new DNA technology and the rise of female scientists. In this utterly original book, Westerman discovers a plethora of origin hypotheses and shows how any theory of who we are and where we come from is coloured by the zeitgeist. He urges for a more critical approach, so that we are no longer doomed to continuously review what we think we know. Still, Westerman emphasises the importance of evidence- "The facts cling to me and I cling to the facts. I will continue to pick them up, turn them around and illuminate them with the headlamp of my imagination." We, Hominids is a compelling mixture of reportage, travelogue and essay - reminiscent of Bruce Chatwin or Ryszard Kapuscinski - written by a brilliant storyteller and thinker.

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General Fields

  • : 9781760642495
  • : Schwartz Publishing Pty, Limited
  • : Black Inc.
  • : August 2021
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Frank Westerman
  • : Paperback
  • : 288