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Living in a dangerous climate : climate change and human evolution /

by Hetherington, Renee.
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012Description: xvi, 256 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781107017252 (hardback); 1107017254 (hardback); 9781107694736 (paperback); 1107694736 (paperback).Subject(s): Human beings -- Effect of climate on | Human evolution | Climatic changes
Contents:
[pt. 1.] Earth's climate : impacts on habitat and humans. 1. Putting our emergent house in order -- [pt. 2.] The evolution of the Homo species. 2. The cradle of humankind ; 3. The Neanderthal enigma ; 4. The end of Homo diversity -- [pt. 3.] Climate and human migration. 5. Climate and human migration ; 6. Braving the New World -- [pt. 4.] Climate and agriculture. 7. Agriculture and the rise of civilization ; 8. The Maya civilization and beyond -- [pt.5.] The dominant paradigm. 9. Dominance destabilized ; 10. Fitness folly ; 11. Darwin the selector ; 12. Hunting down Woody ; 13. Kammerer's suicide ; 14. Giants and pygmies ; 15. Dutch hunger winter babies -- [pt. 6.] Today and tomorrow. 16. Today and tomorrow ; 17. Dead zones -- [pt. 7.] The economic connection. 18. The economic connection ; 19. The progress of dominance -- [pt. 8.] Dangerous attitudes. 20. Dangerous attitudes ; 21. Helpful strangers ; 22. Triumphant oblivion -- [pt. 9.] Living in dangerous times. 23. Our children ; 24. Living in a dangerous climate.
Summary: "Living in a Dangerous Climate provides a journey through human and Earth history, showing how a changing climate has affected human evolution and society. Is it possible for humanity to evolve quickly, or is slow, gradual, genetic evolution the only way we change? Why did all other Homo species go extinct while Homo sapiens became dominant? How did agriculture, domestication, and the use of fossil fuels affect humanity's growing dominance? Do today's dominant societies - devoted as they are to Darwinism and "survival of the fittest" - contribute to our current failure to meet the hazards of a dangerous climate? Unique and thought provoking, the book links scientific knowledge and perspectives of evolution, climate change, and economics in a way that is accessible and exciting for the general reader. The book is also valuable for courses on climate change, human evolution, and environmental science"--
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

[pt. 1.] Earth's climate : impacts on habitat and humans. 1. Putting our emergent house in order -- [pt. 2.] The evolution of the Homo species. 2. The cradle of humankind ; 3. The Neanderthal enigma ; 4. The end of Homo diversity -- [pt. 3.] Climate and human migration. 5. Climate and human migration ; 6. Braving the New World -- [pt. 4.] Climate and agriculture. 7. Agriculture and the rise of civilization ; 8. The Maya civilization and beyond -- [pt.5.] The dominant paradigm. 9. Dominance destabilized ; 10. Fitness folly ; 11. Darwin the selector ; 12. Hunting down Woody ; 13. Kammerer's suicide ; 14. Giants and pygmies ; 15. Dutch hunger winter babies -- [pt. 6.] Today and tomorrow. 16. Today and tomorrow ; 17. Dead zones -- [pt. 7.] The economic connection. 18. The economic connection ; 19. The progress of dominance -- [pt. 8.] Dangerous attitudes. 20. Dangerous attitudes ; 21. Helpful strangers ; 22. Triumphant oblivion -- [pt. 9.] Living in dangerous times. 23. Our children ; 24. Living in a dangerous climate.

"Living in a Dangerous Climate provides a journey through human and Earth history, showing how a changing climate has affected human evolution and society. Is it possible for humanity to evolve quickly, or is slow, gradual, genetic evolution the only way we change? Why did all other Homo species go extinct while Homo sapiens became dominant? How did agriculture, domestication, and the use of fossil fuels affect humanity's growing dominance? Do today's dominant societies - devoted as they are to Darwinism and "survival of the fittest" - contribute to our current failure to meet the hazards of a dangerous climate? Unique and thought provoking, the book links scientific knowledge and perspectives of evolution, climate change, and economics in a way that is accessible and exciting for the general reader. The book is also valuable for courses on climate change, human evolution, and environmental science"--

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