"The goal of this project is to question old narrative elements of human evolution and discuss new ones... In practice, this means the book is about some of the cleverest people in the field having fun with ideas." -- John Robb Current Anthropology 20120601 "A different kind of historical writing ... it offers general readers a thought-provoking approach to language, the brain, genes, exchange and other human faculties." -- Wendy Iraheta San Francisco Book Review 20120410 "The chapters are perceptive ... in their arguments... Something that is long overdue." Journal Of Interdisciplinary History 20120822 "Recommended." -- L. L. Johnson Choice 20120601 "A volume of great significance, bringing fresh insight, focus, and shape to our understanding of the dynamic connectedness that spans the entirety of human history... The calibre of contributors is exceptional and Andrew Shryock and Daniel Lord Smail should be congratulated for assembling the line-up whilst also fostering the volume's collaborative character." Jrai 20121201 "By envisioning nothing less than a complete account of the human experience, it stakes out a new frontier for historical consciousness that is as welcome as it is timely." American Historical Review 20130201 "An impressive-at times dazzling-array of data, summaries of literature, and conceptual elements, clearly pooling the specialized knowledges of the various contributors... This is a rich tour of a vast terrain." Science & Society 20130315Vom Verlag:
Humans have always been interested in their origins, but historians have been reluctant to write about the long stretches of time before the invention of writing. In fact, the deep past was left out of most historical writing almost as soon as it was discovered. This breakthrough book, as important for readers interested in the present as in the past, brings science into history to offer a dazzling new vision of humanity across time. Team-written by leading experts in a variety of fields, it maps events, cultures, and eras across millions of years to present a new scale for understanding the human body, energy and ecosystems, language, food, kinship, migration, and more. Combining cutting-edge social and evolutionary theory with the latest discoveries about human genes, brains, and material culture, "Deep History" invites scholars and general readers alike to explore the dynamic of connectedness that spans all of human history. With Timothy Earle, Gillian Feeley-Harnik, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Clive Gamble, April McMahon, John C. Mitani, Hendrik Poinar, Mary C. Stiner, and Thomas R. Trautmann.
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