Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins

Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins

What did earlier humans really look like? What was life like for them, millions of years ago? How do we know? In this book, internationally renowned paleoartist John Gurche describes the extraordinary process by which he creates forensically accurate and hauntingly realistic representations of our ancient human ancestors. Inspired by a lifelong fascination with all thing What did earlier humans really look like? What was life like for them, millions of years ago? How do we know? In this bo...

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Title:Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins
Author:John Gurche
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Genres:Anthropology
ISBN:0300182023
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins Reviews

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  • Maxine
    Mar 07, 2014
    I have always been fascinated by the evolution of man. I read anything I come across about Lucy, the tiny Australopithecus afarensis woman, thought to be about 3 million years old. Of course, she is just one, although probably the best known, of the many discoveries of early hominids b...
  • Katherine Hunter
    May 23, 2017
    This is a book about the creation of sculptures on human origins done for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. by John Gurche. It's an interesting blend of science and art. I would have benefited greatly by timelines and comparison skeletons. Each sculpture is explained separa...
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    May 13, 2014
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  • Kathleen
    May 09, 2019
    Long ago, I read Golding's The Inheritors and my imagination was sparked. Later, my teen daughter became fascinated by early hominids, to the extent of acquiring four different skull replicas and maintaining a correspondence with a university professor about them. I began to share her ...
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    Feb 24, 2017
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  • Melissa Embry
    Jan 26, 2017
    I?m with Alice (the girl of Wonderland fame) who wondered what the use was of books without pictures. Or conversations. And paleoartist John Gurche provides plenty of both in his magnificent coffee table-sized book of anthropological art, Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagi...
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    Oct 31, 2014
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  • Lisa
    Feb 06, 2014
    I thoroughly loved this book. Such a talented sculptor, anatomist, author, and human being. I received this book through the Good Reads Firstreads program, and could not be happier about it. ...
  • Mills College Library
    Feb 28, 2014
    569.9 G978 2013 ...
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    Mar 25, 2014
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  • Regina
    Dec 17, 2013
    I won this book and was not sure what to expect. It turned out to be a very interesting and informative book. The pictures are excellent and help to explain the process used to recreate the "shaping of humanity". I am quite surprised as to the work, detail, knowledge and devotion neede...
  • Gary Dargan
    Dec 04, 2015
    I have put it aside for the moment while I catch up with other work. I am still working through it. John Gurche is a palaeoartist and describes the techniques he used to create anatomically correct reconstructions of fossil hominids in the Hall of Human Origins in the Smithsonian. E...
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