"Foley offers clear and often original answers to crucialquestions. A number of conventional ideas are usefully broken andthe result is really fascinating. Anyone interested in evolutionmust read this book." Nature
"The excellence of the writing allows the author to deal withcomplex topics which many of his academic colleagues continue torender incomprehensible. It is written with a style and claritythat are exceptional. It would make an excellent basis for agraduate seminar programme." Journal of the RoyalAnthropological Institute
From the Back Cover
This book recreates the lost world of the hominid species thatlived and flourished for around one million years before, and insome cases after, the evolution of modern humans some 200,000 yearsago. It also investigates how, when, where and why the modern humanspecies appeared and in due course became dominant. These are thesubjects of as much heated controversy among as they are ofconsiderable interest to anthropologists, biologists,archaeologists and numerous others.
Making use of a wide range of evidence the book considers issuesin evolutionary archaeology such as how far can the earlyaustralopithecines, parathropines, Homo erectus, and theneanderthals be seen as populations on the way to being human, oras distinct, unique species? How far can these species be said tohave cultural characteristics and what can be said of their socialorganization, group structures and adaptive strategies? How dothese compare with ape communities then and now, and with those ofthe earliest modern humans? And do those behavioural comparisonsprovide a key to hominid evolution? Answering these questions leadsthe author not only toward a rational account of modern humanorigins, but toward an explanation of the origins and evolutionaryrole of cognition, communication and language – of the knowledgethat gives our species its name.
Written in non–technical language, Humans Before Humanitymay be expected to have a significant scientific impact and to beof very wide interest indeed.
The paperback edition contains a guide to further reading bychapter, which also outlines current developments in the field.