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Lost in Evolution

Lost in Evolution

Exploring Humanity’s Path in Asia

Kawabata Hiroto
Technical advisor Kaifu Yousuke
Translated by Dana Lewis

Published Titles / Science

¥2,800

Published by JPIC | 978-4-86658-133-0 (Hardcover) | 200 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2020

About the Book

A book that will change how you think about humanity.

Even as societies are beset with turmoil over insignificant human differences such a skin color, Homo sapiens are broadly homogeneous. We’re all basically the same. What’s more, we’re the only human species alive. Yet it has not always been that way. Eons ago, there were many different species many different places. Not only the Peking Man and Cro-Magnons that school textbooks talk about but many more. It was, so to speak, “a world of diversity.” Now it is just us. How did this happen? Who were these people? Where did they live? And how did such species diversity end up being just Homo sapiens? With an unequaled focus on events in Asia, this exciting work takes you along on the exploration and the research to answer these questions. Providing new information and new insights, it is a thoughtful look at humanity’s evolutionary background.

About the Author

KAWABATA Hiroto

Kawabata Hiroto worked as a science reporter for the Nippon TV news dept before going independent in 1997, after graduated from the University of Tokyo College of Arts and Sciences.

KAIFU Yousuke

Kaifu Yousuke is currently group head for the Division of Human Evolution, Department of Anthropology, at Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science, and leads the hands-on project to reenact the voyage to Japan 30,000 years ago.

Review

"Early man may not have fought the dinosaurs, but the two struggle today for space on bookshelves and in popular imagination. Dinosaurs had been winning. Lost in Evolution has Homo erectus fighting back."

Peter Gordon, September 19, 2020

Asian Review of Books

内容紹介

教科書に載っているジャワ原人や北京原人だけではない。我々ホモ・サピエンスの出現前、アジアには実に多様な「人類」がいたことがわかってきた。そして「彼ら」は、我々の祖先と共存する「隣人」だったかもしれない!ならば、なぜ今、我々は我々だけなのだろうか?アジア人類進化学の第一人者に導かれ、「我々とは何か」を問いつづけた著者が最後に出会った衝撃の仮説とは?知的興奮に満ちた、我々のための新しい人類学!

著者紹介

川端裕人

文筆家。1964年兵庫県明石市生まれ、千葉市育ち。東京大学教養学部卒業。日本テレビ報道局で科学報道に従事し、1997年よりフリーランス。

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海部陽介

人類進化学者。1969年東京都生まれ。東京大学大学院理学系研究科博士課程中退。理学博士。国立科学博物館人類研究部人類史研究グループ長。「3万年前の航海 徹底再現プロジェクト」代表。アジアの人類化石に精通し、ジャワ原人やフローレス原人の研究によって第九回(平成二四年度)日本学術振興会賞を受賞。

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Original Japanese Edition / 原書情報

我々はなぜ我々だけなのか アジアから消えた多様な「人類」たち

我々はなぜ我々だけなのか アジアから消えた多様な「人類」たち

川端裕人 (著)、海部陽介 (監修)

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2017/12/14

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