The Ape in the Tree: An Intellectual and Natural History



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  1. James F James F says:

    According to the preface, while this book is written in the first person viewpoint of Alan Walker, it is mainly written by his wife, Pat Shipman For most of the book, it follows a chronological order covering the history of the digs , beginning with the discovery of the first Proconsul fossil and continuing through Louis Leakey s and Walker s own excavations For a while, Proconsul was considered to be a subgroup of the European dryopithecines, but then was reinstated as a separate group I wo According to the preface, while this book is written in the first person viewpoint of Alan Walker, it is mainly written by his wife, Pat Shipman For most of the book, it follows a chronological order covering the history of the digs , beginning with the discovery of the first Proconsul fossil and continuing through Louis Leakey s and Walker s own excavations For a while, Proconsul was considered to be a subgroup of the European dryopithecines, but then was reinstated as a separate group I would have likedinformation about how the two groups differ and what their actual relationship may have been It then passes on todetail about the teeth and bones and what the studies reveal about the nature of the genus Proconsul, as far as is known today or at least as of 2005 , consists of four species, P africanus, the original discovery, P heseloni, a very similar species which is the best known, especially from the sites on Rusinga Island in Lake Victoria, the somewhat larger P nyanzae, and the largest and least well known, P major It is a stem ape , from about 20 17 million years ago, after the split off of the apes from the Old World monkeys but well before the split between the lines leading to the lesser and great apes of today It seems to have been an arboreal quadruped, probably a frugivore, with some monkey like attributes e.g a flexible backbone , some already ape like attributes e.g lack of a tail and no ischeal pads and many attributes which are in between modern monkeys and apes, but moving in the direction of the apes e.g a slower rate of maturation Contrary to what was originally thought, it has few if any adaptations for brachiation The book then sketches a brief speculative history of the evolution of the apes.Written in 2005, this isrecent than most of what I have read on primate evolution, but fourteen years is still a long time in a science that is constantly developing so undoubtedly some of the conclusions here have already been modified


  2. Zach Vandenberg Zach Vandenberg says:

    This is an interesting book that covers a lot of science, a lot of fieldwork, and a lot of careers The book is not only about what it s like uncovering various fossils in Kenya, it s also about what paleontologists and their friends do to learn things about these ancient animals The first third of the book describes the backstory of this particular ape, proconsul, up till the time the author s career in paleontology starts Then the middle part has quite a bit of description of what it s like This is an interesting book that covers a lot of science, a lot of fieldwork, and a lot of careers The book is not only about what it s like uncovering various fossils in Kenya, it s also about what paleontologists and their friends do to learn things about these ancient animals The first third of the book describes the backstory of this particular ape, proconsul, up till the time the author s career in paleontology starts Then the middle part has quite a bit of description of what it s like in the field uncovering fossils The last third getstechnical and describes analysis scientists can do to learn about the life histories of animals like proconsul


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The Ape in the Tree: An Intellectual and Natural History of Proconsul ❴KINDLE❵ ❆ The Ape in the Tree: An Intellectual and Natural History of Proconsul Author Alan C. Walker – Buyprobolan50.co.uk This book offers a unique insider s perspective on the unfolding discovery of a crucial link in our evolution Proconsul, a fossil ape named whimsically after a performing chimpanzee called Consul The This book offers a unique in the PDF/EPUB ä insider s perspective on the unfolding discovery of a crucial link in our evolution Proconsul, a fossil ape named whimsically after a performing chimpanzee called Consul The Ape in the Tree is written in the voice of Alan Walker, whose involvement with Proconsul began when his graduate supervisor analyzed the tree climbing adaptations in the arm and hand of this extinct creature Today, Proconsul is The Ape Epub / the best known fossil ape in the worldThe history of ideas is set against the vivid adventures of Walker s fossil hunting expeditions in remote regions of Africa, where the team met with violent thunderstorms, dangerous wildlife, and people isolated from the Western world Analysis of the thousands of new Proconsul specimens they recovered provides revealing glimpses of the life of this last common ancestor between apes and humansThe attributes of Ape in the PDF ´ Proconsul have profound implications for the very definition of humanness This book speaks not only of an ape in a tree but also of the ape in our tree.