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Timewalkers: Prehistory of Global Colonization (Penguin history) Paperback – 26 Oct 1995

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  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (26 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140125116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140125115
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,140,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Mac McAleer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 April 2012
I would recommend this book to students of human evolution and anthropology of all ages and to serious readers.

The book discusses and tries to answer the following questions: Why are humans everywhere? How did we become human? To what extent before we became fully human did we start to populate the world? And why, when we became fully human, did we populate the world so comparatively quickly?

Australopithecines stayed in Africa, as did Homo Habilis. Homo Erectus spread out from Africa. Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis successfully adapted to sub-glacial Eurasia. However, modern Homo Sapiens Sapiens are everywhere.

At first I browsed through this book. That was a mistake. Read this book sequentially. Each chapter builds on the previous ones and on the theories, terms and definitions introduced in them. Theories arepresented, critiqued and either accepted or rejected. Some theories, currently out of favour, are marked for their possible return. Personally, I was interested to read that one word, crocodiles, was used to dismisses The Aquatic Ape Theory.

THE CONCLUSION: The reason modern humans are everywhere is because they had purpose. This is not the same as historical progress. Modern humans ". . . change themselves and their societies rather than being buffeted by climate and pushed along by basic passions, natural needs". There was some evolutionary adaption but ". . . the reason people are everywhere was the result of purpose, the process of deliberate action. This operated in ecological time as behaviour was exapted to meet changing circumstances.
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once again no effort is spared trying to convince us the Out-of-Africa must be right. Why? Because some so called respectable professor once thought so. How come that social standing (a name and his words) prevails over facts, that tale-telling finds like those of Gibert in Spain are simply brushed away without even the faintest air of respect? If the truth is being held hostage by a small group of so called intellectuals the road to true democracy is still long. True knowledge comes from doing one's own investigations, not by blindly following a follower.
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