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The Urban Cliff Revolution: Origins and Evolution of Human Habitats

Douglas Larson, Uta Matthes, Peter E. Kelly, Jeremy Lundholm, John Gerrath

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ISBN 10: 1550419927 / ISBN 13: 9781550419924
Published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 2006
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Title: The Urban Cliff Revolution: Origins and ...

Publisher: Fitzhenry and Whiteside

Publication Date: 2006

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

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". . . modern humans are still cave men in the sense that our habitations and companion species are the very ones that we formed functional relationships with more than a million years ago.

In the tradition of Stephen Jay Gould, E.O. Wilson, David Quammen, Ian Tattersall, and Wade Davis, five Canadian scientists compare the modern high-rise towers of our urban landscape to the cave and cliffside dwellings of our ancient ancestors and conclude that the construction of our sophisticated habitats owes much to the "cave men" and "cave women" of our past.

With implications in fields as diverse as architecture, agriculture and even aspects of the origins of art, the authors of this compelling and sometimes controversial work challenge conventional thinking on separate topics such as evolution, history and ecology, by suggesting a single premise that binds these ideas together - that cliffs and rock outcrops have played a vital role in the origin, evolution, and development of the entire human habitat - that the ecological similarities between ancestral human habitats and modern ones over a period of at least one million years provide a brand new perspective on what it means to be human.

About the Author:

Douglas Larson is a professor in the Botany Department and Director of the Cliff Ecology Research Group (CERG) at the University of Guelph, Ontario. Dr. Uta Matthes and Peter E. Kelly are associates within the CERG. Dr. Jeremy Lundholm is a professor in the Department of Biology, St. Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a former member of the CERG. John Gerrath is a MSc. student in evolutionary biology in the Botany Department, University of Guelph and a former member of the CERG.

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