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'… a wide-ranging book with high ambitions … excellent read for the general reader …' Miriam Belmaker, Reports of the National Center for Science Education

'… a very informative and readable tour through the history of humankind and its relations to the climates …' Natural Hazards Observer

'Ethnobiologists, especially those concerned with the role of environmental interactions in the history of human evolution and the development of farming, will find this book useful. In particular, the synthesis of recent research is especially enjoyable, and supported by an extensive bibliography and informative endnotes. The book also stands as an important example of how palaeoanthropological and ethnobiological perspectives can be brought to bear on the question of what to do about surviving climate change.' Ethnobiology Letters

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A unique and thought-provoking journey from early humans' evolutionary response to climate change, species extinctions, and societal downfalls to today's global climate crisis. 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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HASH(0x8ebfed44) out of 5 stars An OK look at climate change and human evolution 18 Jun. 2013
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The book is somewhat elementary. It tends to present sweeping statements about human evolution, climates of the past and their interrelation as though they were well established when nothing could be further from the truth. There are a number of better books out there covering this type of material in greater depth and accuracy.

I do agree, however, that climate was an important stimulus to evolution in general and leads one to believe just how lucky we are to be here at all. Another good view of evolutionary stimulus is "Plague's Progress by Arlo Karlen. It demonstrates the importance of disease in shaping human prehistory from the dawn of man to the present. Definitely worth a read.
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