Humankind emerging

by Bernard Grant Campbell

Paper Book, 1982



Call number

GN281 .H85 1982


Boston : Little, Brown, c1982.


For courses on human evolution, this edition provides a comprehensive introduction to physical anthropology.

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LibraryThing member keylawk
Good paleo or physical anthropology text, drawn from revenant materials recovered from ancestor sites.

Female figures. Many small sculptures have been found, mostly from Upper Perigordian period across a wide area from Asia to Europe, from 25,000 to 20,000 years ago when it was extremely cold in those areas. These artifacts include the heads of animals. But the most common figures found are the human females -- the "Venus" bodies. The book makes these points:

>> The Venuses outnumber all other sculptures.

>> Unlike the animal forms/heads, these are not "naturalistic" depictions; they are highly abstracted and artistic, even surreal.

>> Unlike the animals, which are often heads only, the Venus emphasizes the body, and the female characteristics of the body--often with greatly exaggerated breasts and buttocks, often gravid.

>> There are almost no male figures. No kings, no warriors.

>> Unlike the cave art, the Venus figures are not just found in uninhabited caves. They are often found along the main wall or under the hearth of a dwelling. This indicates use in daily life.

>> They appear as people begin to establish "homes" or permanent settlements. The home becomes important and it is regarded as the prerogative of the female. [312]

>> During this period, in some areas, the population increased by unprecedented amounts, some as much as ten times.

By 10,000 BC, Cro-Magnon peoples had "set the stage for the last steps in the emergence of humankind: agriculture, domestication of animals, metalworking, complex forms of social and political life, writing, and perhaps even war." [415]

Curiously, there is no evidence of war until the making of Venuses had completely stopped.
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LibraryThing member killermuffin
This book provided most of the information I needed to get a good grade in the Physical Anthropology couse I took. It's been a useful resource after the class, for whatever reason. Like many science textbooks, the prose is dry and difficult to read even with an interest in the subject. I did like the suggested readings and internet links at the end of every chapter.… (more)


Physical description

xiv, 514 p.; 24 cm


0316126225 / 9780316126229


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