{"id":6596280254543,"title":"How to Build a Human","handle":"how-to-build-a-human","description":"\u003ch6\u003eComing April 12, 2022. Preorder today!\u003c\/h6\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/star-fade.gif?4673889858015672850\"\u003e \"Glints of fun light up a rock-solid dig into our Stone Age ancestry.\" \u003cbr\u003e—\u003ci\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/i\u003e, starred review\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"\/pages\/pamela-s-turner\"\u003ePamela S. 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How, when, and why did we:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003col\u003e\n\u003cli\u003estand up,\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ediscover pointy objects,\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eget big heads,\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003etake a hike,\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003einvent barbecue,\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003estart talking (and never shut up), and\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ebecome storytellers?\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ol\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis fascinating, wickedly funny account of our evolutionary journey turns science into an irresistible story. 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Turner, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan data-sheets-userformat='{\"2\":4224,\"10\":2,\"15\":\"arial,sans,sans-serif\"}' data-sheets-value=\"{\u0026quot;1\u0026quot;:2,\u0026quot;2\u0026quot;:\u0026quot;Pamela S. Turner has a master's degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, and an abiding fascination with science, animals, and evolution. She is the author of several award-winning books for young readers, including Samurai Rising, a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award finalist, and Crow Smarts, winner of the AAAS\/Subaru SB\u0026amp;F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.\\n \\n John Gurche is one of the most respected paleo-artists in the field. His works have appeared in National Geographic and Scientific American and at the American Museum of Natural History, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institution. www.gurche.com\u0026quot;}\"\u003ePamela S. Turner has a master's degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, and an abiding fascination with science, animals, and evolution. She is the author of several award-winning books for young readers, including \u003cem\u003eSamurai Rising\u003c\/em\u003e, a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award finalist, and \u003cem\u003eCrow Smarts\u003c\/em\u003e, winner of the AAAS\/Subaru SB\u0026amp;F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"\/pages\/pamela-s-turner\"\u003eRead more \u003c\/a\u003eabout Pamela.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - ENTER ILLUSTRATOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e \u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eJohn Gurche, illustrator\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eJohn Gurche is one of the most respected paleo-artists in the field. 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How to Build a Human

Coming April 12, 2022. Preorder today!

"Glints of fun light up a rock-solid dig into our Stone Age ancestry."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

By: Pamela S. Turner / Illustrated by: John Gurche

The epic story of our evolution in seven big steps!

How did we become who we are? With trademark wit, acclaimed science writer Pamela S. Turner breaks down human evolution into the seven most important steps leading to Homo sapiens. How, when, and why did we:

  1. stand up,
  2. discover pointy objects,
  3. get big heads,
  4. take a hike,
  5. invent barbecue,
  6. start talking (and never shut up), and
  7. become storytellers?

This fascinating, wickedly funny account of our evolutionary journey turns science into an irresistible story. Vetted by experts at the Smithsonian's Human Origins Program, the book also features incredibly detailed portraits by celebrated paleo-artist John Gurche that bring our early ancestors to life.

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Pamela S. Turner, author

Pamela S. Turner has a master's degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, and an abiding fascination with science, animals, and evolution. She is the author of several award-winning books for young readers, including Samurai Rising, a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award finalist, and Crow Smarts, winner of the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.

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John Gurche, illustrator

John Gurche is one of the most respected paleo-artists in the field. His works have appeared in National Geographic and Scientific American and at the American Museum of Natural History, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institution. 

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Kirkus Reviews, starred review

A probing look into what fossil evidence and other scientific discoveries tell us about our hominid predecessors. Turner kicks off this overview of human evolutionary history with an amusing quip: “If evolution had a motto it would be Yeah. Good enough.” She then goes on to detail seven watershed moments, beginning with “Step One: We Stand Up.” Also covered are: the emergence of toolmaking; the development of larger and more complex brains; the migration of Homo erectus out of Africa; the shift from raw to cooked foods; the evolution of human language; and the advent of storytelling. Using a disarming narrative nonfiction style, the text clearly explains the significance of each anatomical or behavioral change and paints a fascinating picture of life on Earth during geological eras when big predators like Genyornis newtoni, the “Demon Ducks of Doom,” roamed the planet. Turner also presents scientifically grounded theories for why other ancient species of hominids died out. Gurche fleshes out the fossil record with uncommonly lifelike sketches and paintings of hominid faces and full-body figures in discreet poses. Also dispersed throughout the book are thought-provoking color photos of ancient human artifacts. Of particular note is a goose bumps–inducing gallery of prehistoric handprints on cave walls around the world, an image that powerfully brings vanished species into the human fold. The copious backmatter includes a dense, scholarly bibliography; notes on the “myth” of racial, or even species “purity”; and a brief run-through of forces other than natural selection that drive evolution. Glints of fun light up a rock-solid dig into our Stone Age ancestry.

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Ages: 10 and up
Page count: 112
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