Born in Africa

Born in Africa

In Born in Africa, Martin Meredith follows the trail of discoveries about our human origins made by scientists over the last hundred years, as well as describing the history of scholarship in this incredibly exciting field.

Author: Martin Meredith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780857206671

Category: History

Page: 288

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Africa does not give up its secrets easily. Buried there lie answers about the origins of humankind and the dawn of civilisation. Through a century of archaeological investigation, scientists have transformed our understanding of the beginnings of human life, although vital clues still remain hidden. In Born in Africa, Martin Meredith follows the trail of discoveries about our human origins made by scientists over the last hundred years, as well as describing the history of scholarship in this incredibly exciting field. He relates the intense rivalries, personal feuds and fierce controversies that shaped the study and perception of Africa, and recounts the feats of skill and endurance that have illuminated thousands of years of human evolution. The results have been momentous. Scientists have identified more than twenty species of extinct humans and firmly established Africa as the birthplace not only of humankind, but also of our own species: homo sapiens, the modern human. Scientific study has revealed how early technology, language ability and artistic endeavour all originated in Africa, and scientists have shown how, in an exodus sixty thousand years ago, small groups of Africans left their birthplace to populate the rest of the world. We all have an African legacy, and in this fascinating and informative book Martin Meredith leads us back to the place where we have rediscovered our common human heritage.
Categories: History

Perspectives

Perspectives

The Evolution of the Cosmos, Life, Humans, Culture and Religion and a Look into
the Future William F Brown. 175. Finlayson ... Meredith M (2011) Born in Africa:
The Quest for the Origins of Human Life, Public Affairs New York, page 157. 177.

Author: William F Brown

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 9781460270318

Category: Science

Page: 412

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From the first seconds Following the Big Bang, to our best guesses for the fate of the universe and humanity, science provides stunning new perspectives about the place of humanity in the cosmos. Humans may live on one planet in one small corner of the Milky Way, itself one of billions of other galaxies, but Earth may be unique in one respect. Earth is teaming with life, one species of which, through chance and natural selection, developed an extraordinary brain, gifted with imagination, curiosity and a compulsion to understand ourselves and the universe. Perspectives is a journey through deep time, from the creation of the universe to the beginnings of life, our human origins and later the rise of culture and religion. It explores what it means to be human, and where our technology could take us in the years and centuries to come. www.williamfbrown.com
Categories: Science

Born to Walk

Born to Walk

“From Mechanical Loading to Collagen Synthesis, Structural Changes and
Function in Human Tendon." Scandinavian ... “Mechanical Properties of the
Human Achilles Tendon. In Vivo. ... Born in Africa: The Quest for the Origins of
Human Life.

Author: James Earls

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781583947838

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 216

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The ability to walk upright on two legs is one of the major traits that define us as humans; yet, scientists still aren't sure why we evolved to walk as we do. In Born to Walk, author James Earls explores the mystery of our evolution by describing in depth the mechanisms that allow us to be efficient in bipedal gait. Viewing the whole body as an interconnected unit, Earls explains how we can regain a flowing efficiency within our gait--an efficiency which, he argues, is part of our natural design. This book is designed for movement therapy practitioners, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, and any bodyworker wishing to help clients by incorporating an understanding of gait and its mechanics. It will also appeal to anyone with an interest in evolution and movement. Drawing on recent research from paleoanthropology, sports science, and anatomy, Earls proposes a complete model of how the whole body cooperates in this three dimensional action. His work is based on Thomas Myers's Anatomy Trains model of human anatomy, a holistic view of the human body that emphasizes fascial and myofascial connections. Earls distills the complex action of walking into a simple sequence of "essential events" or actions that are necessary to engage the myofascia and utilize its full potential in the form of elastic energy. He explains the "stretch-shortening cycle"--the mechanism that is the basis for many normal human activities--and discusses how humans take advantage of isometric contractions, viscoelastic response, and elastic recoil to minimize calorie usage. This streamlined efficiency is what enabled our first ancestors to begin to migrate not only seasonally but also permanently to new lands, thereby expanding the natural resources available to us as a species.
Categories: Health & Fitness

Born to Walk Second Edition

Born to Walk  Second Edition

Evolution of the Human Lumbopelvic Region and Its Relationship to Some
Clinical Deficits of the Spine and Pelvis. ... “Evolution of the Achilles Tendon: The
Athlete's Achilles Heel?" Foot 21 ... Africa: The Quest for the Origins of Human
Life.

Author: James Earls

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781623174446

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 204

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The revised edition of the definitive book on the mechanics, mysteries, and methods of upright walking The ability to walk upright on two legs is one of the major traits distinguishing us as humans, and yet the reasons for its development remain a mystery among scientists. In Born to Walk, author James Earls explores the mystery of walking's evolution by describing the complex mechanisms enabling us to be efficient in bipedal gait. Viewing the whole body as an interconnected unit, he explains how we can regain a flowing efficiency within our gait--an efficiency which is part of our natural design. Based on Thomas Myers's Anatomy Trains model of human anatomy, as well as the latest science in paleoanthropology, sports medicine, and anatomy, Earls's work demonstrates how the whole body collaborates in walking, and distills the complex actions into a simple sequence of "essential events" that engage the myofascia and utilize its full potential. The second and revised edition of this book provides bodyworkers, physical therapists and movement teachers with new research on assessment, diagnosis, and treatment approaches. Earls offers a convenient model for understanding the complexity of movement while gaining a deeper insight into the physiology and mechanics of the walking process. This book is designed for movement therapy practitioners, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, and bodyworkers hoping to understand gait and its mechanics. It will also appeal to anyone with an interest in evolution and movement.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Rediscovering the Human

Rediscovering the Human

The Quest for a Christo-theological Anthropology in Africa Andrea M. Ng'
weshemi. his life . By the time of his death , Jesus ... relationship to Christ as
ancestor on the divine sonship of Christ as origin and foundation of humans ,
born of God .

Author: Andrea M. Ng'weshemi

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: STANFORD:36105025772596

Category: Religion

Page: 214

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By assuming that the data for understanding the human being and human nature is given and therefore remains the same at all times and in all places, Christian theological anthropology has barely quenched the quests for meaning and fulfillment that have constantly emerged in every age. Modern western theologians such as Barth and Rahner have sought to tie theological anthropology with Christology, with the conviction that Jesus Christ is paradigmatic of what humanity should be.
Categories: Religion

Glynn Isaac and the Search for Human Origins in Africa

Glynn Isaac and the Search for Human Origins in Africa

From my own situation as twin - sharing so much from our origins here , sharing a
reverence for the Africa that gave us birth , and for ... He wrote to me about a
moving moment in his lifelong quest to decipher the record concerning
humankind ' s origins — concerning “ the evolution of human behaviour " , as he
... There one stood looking across 3 % million years at a specific moment in proto
- human life .

Author: Rhys Isaac

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000050664964

Category: Human beings

Page: 51

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Categories: Human beings

Water Birth and Sexuality

Water  Birth and Sexuality

SO, as La Lumiere believes, the Danakil Alps might have been an island off the
African continent. A great number of terrestrial ... Darwin knew that life on islands
tends to accelerate the process of evolution. It was in the Galapagos Islands of ...

Author: Michel Odent

Publisher: CLAIRVIEW BOOKS

ISBN: 9781905570737

Category: Medical

Page: 156

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‘After the historic student revolt in France a period of audacious creativity resulted. The watchword was: “It is forbidden to forbid”. We took advantage of this transient cultural folly to do what would have been impossible ten years before or ten years after, introducing in the maternity unit of a state hospital an inflatable outdoor pool as a way to replace drugs during birth.’ – from the Introduction In this groundbreaking book, Dr Odent takes as his starting point the world-famous work on childbirth at Pithiviers, where he first noticed the strong attraction to water that many women have during labour. As well as discovering the practical advantages of water during the birthing process, he began to consider the meaning and importance of water as a symbol. Water, Birth and Sexuality examines the living power of water and its erotic connotations. Odent evaluates what water meant in different cultures throughout history, through myths and legends, and what it means for us today: from an advertiser’s tool to a metaphor for aspects of the psyche. He also studies humanity’s special relationship to dolphins, and the related ‘aquatic ape’ theory. A practical section on the use of water during birth and in various therapies, particularly sex therapy, is included. This edition of this classic work features a new Introduction.
Categories: Medical

Bk 1 The quest Bk 2 Evolution Bk 3 The present Bk 4 The future

Bk  1  The quest   Bk  2  Evolution   Bk 3  The present   Bk  4  The future

The children of those people, who were born in the Americas, would've been the
first Native Americans. ... Whether their ancestors spread out of east Africa 50,000
years ago or their ancestors (somehow) happened to evolve ... with any female
human on Earth, because in spite of all those outward physical changes, every
human being on Earth is still just as Homo sapiens as every other human on
Earth.

Author: Ezra Niesen

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105132356630

Category: Civilization

Page: 1662

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Categories: Civilization

Future Primal

Future Primal

""To address global political unrest and ecological collapse, political science professor Herman presents ways to incorporate the wisdom of the hunter-gatherer culture of the San Bushmen of southern Africa into modern Western culture"--

Author: Louis G. Herman

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781608681150

Category: Nature

Page: 466

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How should we respond to our converging crises of violent conflict, political corruption, and global ecological devastation? In this sweeping, big-picture synthesis, Louis G. Herman argues that for us to create a sustainable, fulfilling future, we need to first look back into our deepest past to recover our core humanity. Important clues for recovery can be found in the lives of traditional San Bushman hunter-gatherers of South Africa, the closest living relatives to the ancestral African population from which all humans descended. Their culture can give us a sense of what life was like during the tens of thousands of years when humans lived in wilderness, without warfare, walled cities, or slavery. Herman suggests we draw from the experience of the San and other earth-based cultures and weave their wisdom together with the scientific story of an evolving universe to help create something radically new — an earth-centered, planetary politics with the personal truth quest at its heart.
Categories: Nature

Living the Justice of the Triune God

Living the Justice of the Triune God

It asks for a good sacramental liturgy at the heart of the life of a Christian
community and its ethical quest. Since language in its various kinds shapes
existence, it knows that it has to be constantly attentive to language, its origins, its
good ... the one sent by God and endowed with the Spirit, in human life and in
nature, and especially in the communities of the poor, ... turn in hope to God in
their suffering and bewilderment, a theology of God risks being stillborn, however
erudite it may be.

Author: David N. Power

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814680469

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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This groundbreaking book is distinctive for the explicit attention it gives to the communal, intersubjective, cultural, and linguistic embodiment of the workings of God in the world. It emphasizes not simply acting justly but living with, in, and from the justice of the triune God by which we are justified. Finally, it offers an important sacramental and liturgical grounding to the Christian understanding of both justice and the triune God. David N. Power and Michael Downey make clear to contemporary believers why a spiritual and sacramental life that is ordered by its trinitarian orientation must include the desire for justice. In short, it is an ethic of social justice that springs from contemplation of the Divine Trinity in the world.
Categories: Religion

A History of the Christian Tradition

A History of the Christian Tradition

From Its Jewish Origins to the Reformation Thomas D. McGonigle, Thomas C.
McGonigle, James F. Quigley ... As one of the greatest thinkers and saints of all
times, he spent his life trying to answer the basic questions of human existence.
... Born in Tagaste, North Africa, in the year 354, Augustine received an excellent
classical education in the city of Carthage. ... an initially satisfying response to
Augustine's quest, and for nearly ten years he was an 13: Augustine of Hippo The
Life of ...

Author: Thomas D. McGonigle

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 0809129647

Category: Religion

Page: 218

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An overview of Christian beliefs and practices across the centuries with an emphasis on tradition and the evolution of belief.
Categories: Religion

The Philosophical Quest A Cross Cultural Reader

The Philosophical Quest  A Cross Cultural Reader

The proverb makes it clear that there are , according to the Akan thinkers ,
accidents or contingencies in human life , a fact also ... Thus , people born on
Monday are said to be calm ( odwo ) , those born on Thursday are said to be
courageous ( prēko ... Events are mere happenings or occurrences , which do not
have their origin in human design and motivation . ... Intertribal wars in Africa
were tragic events , ” “ Egyptian President Sadat ' s visit to Jerusalem in
December 1977 was a ...

Author: Gail Presbey

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages

ISBN: UOM:39015054248581

Category: Philosophy

Page: 648

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This is a true cross-cultural anthology which presents philosophers from different cultures in dialogue with one another. The text includes selections from both traditional and contemporary Western and non-Western philosophy: African American, Latin American, and feminist philosophers as well as Asian, African, Native American, and Islamic philosophers. The reader is organized by topic, and highlights the similarities and differences between Western and Non-Western philosophers -- it arranges selections so that authors speak to one another across cultures. Chapter introductions and section introductions within chapters guide students. The second edition includes new sections on non-Western epistemology, the question of life after death, Rawls and criticism, and understanding others' experience and points of view. The authors have revised the more difficult sections of chapter 1 and have included more African, African American, and female philosophers, and more variety in the sections on social philosophy.
Categories: Philosophy

Origins

Origins

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X006186547

Category:

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Something about the Author

Something about the Author

Despite its unconventional approach to the theory of human evolution , African
Exodus received widely positive reviews ... with Walter Bodmer — The Book of
Man : The Human Genome Project and the Quest to Discover Our Genetic
Heritage . ... OBITUARY NOTICE – See index for SATA sketch : Born November 1
, 1897 , in Edinburgh , Scotland ; died January 11 ... Throughout Mitchison ' s
long life she was perhaps equally well known for her occasionally shocking
personal life as for ...

Author:

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: 078763221X

Category: Authors

Page: 266

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An easy-to-use source for librarians, students and other researchers, each volume in this series provides illustrated biographical profiles of approximately 75 children's authors and artists. This critically acclaimed series covers more than 12,000 individuals, ranging from established award winners to authors and illustrators who are just beginning their careers. Entries typically cover: personal life, career, writings, works in progress, adaptations, additional sources. A cumulative author index is included in each odd-numbered volume.While Gale strives to replicate print content, some content may not be available due to rights restrictions.Call your Sales Rep for details.
Categories: Authors

The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey

The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey

A leading authority on the primate fossile record sheds new light on the human evolutionary tree, reconstructing the early roots of modern-day humans, offering a compelling new vision of anthropoid evolution, and analyzing the relationship ...

Author: Christopher Beard

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520233690

Category: Science

Page: 348

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A leading authority on the primate fossile record sheds new light on the human evolutionary tree, reconstructing the early roots of modern-day humans, offering a compelling new vision of anthropoid evolution, and analyzing the relationship between humans and other primates.
Categories: Science

Origins

Origins

In this potent book, three eminent scientists—an astrophysicist, an organic chemist, and an anthropologist—ponder and discuss some of the basic questions that have obsessed humankind through the ages, and offer thoughtful, enlightening ...

Author: Yves Coppens

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 9781628722802

Category: Science

Page: 224

View: 399

In this potent book, three eminent scientists—an astrophysicist, an organic chemist, and an anthropologist—ponder and discuss some of the basic questions that have obsessed humankind through the ages, and offer thoughtful, enlightening answers in terms the layperson can easily understand. Until now, most of these questions were addressed by religion and philosophy. But science has reached a point where it, too, can voice an opinion. Beginning with the Big Bang roughly fifteen billion years ago, the authors trace the evolution of the cosmos, from the first particles, the atoms, the molecules, the development of cells, organisms, and living creatures, up to the arrival of Homo erectus and Homo sapiens. Proactive, informative, and free of technical or scientific jargon, Origins offers compelling insights into how the universe, life on Earth, and the human species began.
Categories: Science

Rise of the Dragon

Rise of the Dragon

This simple question illustrates a theme, the quest for origins, which has been
central to evolutionary biology since its birth as a discipline. ... by any measure)
and a human being in the same group, but all oste- ichthyans have a suite of
common features which show beyond doubt ... but only four living genera of
fishes—the Australian, African and South American lungfishes, and the
coelacanth Latimeria.

Author: Henry Gee

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226284913

Category: Science

Page: 262

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Over the past decade, fossil finds from China have stunned the world, grabbing headlines and changing perceptions with a wealth of new discoveries. Many of these finds were first announced to English speakers in the journal Nature.Rise of the Dragon gathers together sixteen of these original reports, some augmented with commentaries originally published in Nature's "News and Views" section. Perhaps the best known of these new Chinese fossils are the famous feathered dinosaurs from Liaoning Province, which may help end one of the most intense debates in paleontology—whether birds evolved from dinosaurs. But other finds have been just as spectacular, such as the minutely preserved (to the cellular level) animal embryos of the 670 million-year-old Duoshantuo phosphorites, or the world's oldest known fish, from the Chengjiang formation in southwestern Yunnan Province. Rise of the Dragon makes descriptions and detailed discussions of these important finds available in one convenient volume for paleontologists and serious fossil fans.
Categories: Science

Science in the Contemporary World

Science in the Contemporary World

He won international acclaim for his vigorous efforts to root out corruption and his
struggle to stem the losses of African wildlife to poachers. ... Origins
Reconsidered:In Search of What Makes Us Human. ... Ancestral Passions:The
Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings. ... Levi-Montalcini was
born to an upper-class secular Jewish family in Turin, Italy, where her father
managed a factory.Her last ... Leakey's Luck:The Life of Louis Seymour Bazett
Leakey,1903–1972.

Author: Eric Gottfrid Swedin

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781851095247

Category: Reference

Page: 382

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This work is a unique introductory A–Z resource detailing the scientific achievements of the contemporary world and analyzing the key scientific trends, discoveries, and personalities of the modern age. * Over 200 A–Z entries covering topics ranging from plate tectonics to the first Moon landings * More than 40 stunning photographs providing a unique pictorial chronicle of the achievements of modern science
Categories: Reference