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...convincingly demonstrates the idea that each stage of evolution was interdependent and did not necessarily arise from isolated events. -- Jan Borrie, The Canberra Times

McBride has written an unorthodox but stimulating account of human evolution...skillfully interweaving fact, scientific theory and fiction. -- Graeme O'Neill, Sun Herald Sun

McBride is a born storyteller...This is not a scientific book that is difficult to understand. -- Rodney Chester, Courier Mail

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Glen McBride is an ethnobiologist and a retired professor of animal behavior.
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1865081086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1865081083
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,017,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee C. Drickamer on June 14, 2001
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Professor Glenorchy McBride, a longtime faculty member at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and a well known ethologist (one who studies animal behavior), has used some of his retirement in a most productive and eloquent manner. McBride tells us, via fictional characters, how many of the great leaps in the evolution of humans and human culture may have come about. His insight into these process, an outcome of more than 50 years of reading and study, is combined with real genius in terms of the creativity of his stories. The individuals in his short stories are quite believeable and one can readily imagine the scenes that he describes.
This books is for people of all kinds, from the lay public to scholars. I think it would make excellent material for adult discussions groups. In the world of today where too many groups want people to use blind faith to follow certain dictums, this book is the perfect antidote in terms of causing people to stop and think. If only we all could condition our minds to do this sort of critical and creative thinking. To be able to then put the ideas into these dramas and have them come alive is a true gift. McBride does a superb job of explaining some difficult concepts in very direct and simple terms.
The book was released a year ago in Australia and several other locations to extraordinary acclaim. I can only hope it receives as wide an audience here in America.
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APRIL 24, 2000 ADELAIDEAN
Human evolution chronicled in new book FOR many biologists, it is the greatest story told—the tale of how our species with its unique attributes evolved from primate ancestors. And there is no shortage of storytellers. From the overtly religious to the highly speculative, dozens of authors have tried their hand at piecing together the jigsaw of our prehistoric past. Glen McBride is the latest. An internationally renowned ethologist, Professor McBride began his academic career at Adelaide University where, as an ex-serviceman, he completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science immediately after the war. It was followed by a PhD in animal genetics and a highly successful career in animal behaviour, in which he held numerous positions overseas and established the Animal Behaviour Unit at the University of Queensland. Now retired, Professor McBride has drawn on his wide experience to construct The Genesis Chronicles, the story of the evolution of humans from animals, and how our species stood up, acquired language, developed primitive technologies, turned to agriculture and tamed the first domestic animals. Professor McBride takes an unusual path that combines the roles of popular science and storytelling. He relates 15 stages of our evolution from Ramapithecus to Homo sapiens as a series of ‘eyewitness’ accounts of the behaviour, social interactions and technological advances of various groups of our evolutionary ancestors. Some books on human evolution, like The Naked Ape, have achieved bestseller status. Many have taken a particular line, espousing sex, territoriality, female activity, tool-making or language as a predominant central force that shaped human nature and anatomy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glen McBride on July 28, 2001
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Please note Glen McBride is not an ethnobiologist, as stated in your text he is an ethologist - quite different. He was a Professor of Social Ethology in the Animal Behaviour unit Psychology Department University of Queensland Signed Glen McBride
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When did we first learn to stand erect? Use tools? Develop language? These and other fascinating questions are dealt with by Prof. McBride in a charming, well written, yet equally empirical point of view. Through a series of vignettes we follow the development of the species over hundreds of thousands of years. In minute detail, Prof. McBride shows how these capabilities develop - sometimes by sheer luck.

This is an excellent book. It's probably suited for the college audience, although advanced high school students could easily benefit from it. I don't see it as a basic text, but it certainly would be an excellent supplementary text in courses in evolution, biology, animal behavior, ethology, etc.
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