Close Encounters With Humankind: A Paleoanthropologist Investigates Our Evolving Species
by Sang-Hee Lee
- Evolution and Paleontology, General Science, General Interest , Best of 2018
A fresh perspective into our past and future
In this captivating international bestseller, Close Encounters with Humankind, Korea’s first paleoanthropologist, Sang-Hee Lee, explores some of our greatest evolutionary questions from new and unexpected angles.
Through a series of entertaining, bite-sized chapters, we gain fresh perspectives into our first hominin ancestors and ways to challenge perceptions about the traditional progression of evolution. By combining anthropological insight with exciting, cutting-edge research, Lee’s surprising conclusions shed new light on our beginnings and connect us to a faraway past. Close Encounters with Humankind is the perfect read for anyone curious about where we came from and what it took to get us here.
“Humans walk upright, possess giant brains, have nearly hairless skin, and live exceptionally long lives. How did we come to be such peculiar primates? Sang-Hee Lee tackles this question with aplomb. Deftly weaving together science and personal observation, Lee proves an engaging, authoritative guide on this nickel tour of the human condition.” — Kate Wong, Scientific American
“Sang-Hee Lee has posed some of the big questions in human evolution and has written brief, clear, and jargon-free essays about them. Her informal, clear style and commonsense explanations are delightful and engaging. Brava!” - Pat Shipman, Professor of Anthropology and author of The Invaders
“In this insightful collection, Sang-Hee Lee shows herself to be a gifted storyteller, breathing new life into the old bones, with both the intimate knowledge of a practitioner and a dose of cross-cultural scientific sensitivity. A pleasure to read!” - Jonathan Marks, Professor of Anthropology and author of Tales of the Ex-Apes
“I have struggled for years to find reading materials that cover the basics of human evolution without overwhelming students with dry, technical minutiae. At last, a book that does this! This book will appeal not only to students, but to anyone who is curious about the world.” - Dean Falk, coauthor of Geeks, Genes, and the Evolution of Asperger Syndrome
“Close Encounters with Humankind is a terrific introduction to the story of human evolution for someone who is just beginning to explore the field, but even those familiar with the material will find a lot of new information here. I congratulate Sang-Hee Lee for writing an appealing, factual, and entertaining book on the ever-fascinating topic of human evolutionary history.” - Wenda Trevathan, author of Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives: How Evolution Shaped Women’s Health
“Close Encounters with Humankind is a delightful book full of memorable stories that reveal deep truths and penetrating mysteries about our past. What a fun way to explore the origins of our strange human ways.” - Nathan H. Lents, The Human Evolution Blog and Professor, John Jay College
About the Author
Sang-Hee Lee is a professor of anthropology and associate dean of the college of humanities, arts, and social sciences at UC Riverside, and lives in Riverside, California. She earned her MA and PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||February 20, 2018|