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Lucy's Legacy : Sex and Intelligence in Human Evolution

Lucy's Legacy : Sex and Intelligence in Human Evolution - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0674005402

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ISBN13: 978-0674005402
ISBN10: 0674005406
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Published: 1999
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Lucy's Legacy : Sex and Intelligence in Human Evolution - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0674005402

Alison Jolly

ISBN13: 978-0674005402
ISBN10: 0674005406
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Harvard University Press

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

Alison Jolly believes that biologists have an important story to tell about being human--not the all-too-familiar tale of selfishness, competition, and biology as destiny but rather one of cooperation and interdependence, from the first merging of molecules to the rise of a species inextricably linked by language, culture, and group living. This is the story that unfolds in Lucy's Legacy, the saga of human evolution as told by a world-renowned primatologist who works among the female-dominant ringtailed lemurs of Madagascar. We cannot be certain that Lucy was female--the bones themselves do not tell us. However, we do know, as Jolly points out in this erudite, funny, and informative book, that the females who came after Lucy--more adept than their males in verbal facility, sharing food, forging links between generations, migrating among places and groups, and devising creative mating strategies--played as crucial a role in the human evolutionary process as ''man'' ever did. In a book that takes us from the first cell to global society, Jolly shows us that to learn where we came from and where we go next, we need to understand how sex and intelligence, cooperation and love, emerged from the harsh Darwinian struggle in the past, and how these natural powers may continue to evolve in the future.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Beyond the Copper Beech Tree

I. Evolution

1.The Evolution of Purpose

2. Life, Sex, and Cooperation

3. Sex--Why Bother?

4. Courtship and Choice

5. Calculating Love

II. Wild Societies

6. Women in the Wild

7. Lemurs, Monkeys, Apes

8. Human Apes

9. Apish Intelligence

III. Developing a Mind

10. Organic Wholes

11. A Gendered Body

12. Instinct, Learning, and Fate

13. Thinking

14. Speaking Adaptively

15. Are Babies Human?

IV. The Age of Humanity

16. Feet First, Brains Later

17. Demanding Control

18. The Global Organism

Notes

References

Index

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