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First Steps

Desilva, Jeremy

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The nineteenth century philosopher Soren Kierkegaard clearly knew a thing or two about walking, when he said, 'Every day, I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness'. He would not have been aware of the anatomical and evolutionary history that has allowed humankind to walk upright but paleoanthropologist Jeremy Desilva does.

With these details at his fingertips, readers are confidently escorted through seven million years of evolution, exploring the history of bipedalism and its role in our well-being.

Lively, informative and peppered with engaging personal anecdotes, this is a fascinating account of 'how walking upright made us human'.

Comments from BDS Reviewers

"An excellent account of the origins of the bipedal/upright stance of homo sapiens."

"The general reader will find this book engaging as well as informative."

"An excellent introduction to the topic with engaging personal anecdotes."

"It's well-written and informative. It's important to look back over the last 7 million years of evolution."

"Very interesting discussion around cultural evolution and how bipedalism influenced such things as midwifery."

Pages
268
Year
2021

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