At the Dawn of Humanity: The First Humans
Publication Date: June 19, 2020
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"The first five chapters of this book offer a wonderful, clearly written, and up-to-date account of the evolutionary origin of humans from our animal ancestors. But, as Gerard Verschuuren asserts, 'Although we are flesh as they are flesh, we are also very exceptional creatures in this Universe, endowed with the faculties of language, rationality, morality, self-awareness, and religion.' The last five chapters are dedicated to each of these five distinctive human faculties. And it is in these chapters that Verschuuren develops a comprehensive, informative, and very personal understanding of the nature of Homo sapiens, our own species. A wonderful book."--FRANCISCO J. AYALA, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine
"A well-researched and comprehensive analysis. Solidly grounded in the best scientific research available, Verschuuren presents cogent arguments to defend the traditional and commonsensical claim that we are a radically unique kind of animal that stands out among the billions of other species that have ever evolved. Fascinating."--REV. NICANOR PIER GIORGIO AUSTRIACO, O.P., Professor of Biology and Theology, Providence College
"At the Dawn of Humanity is thorough and balanced. With characteristic clarity, Gerard Verschuuren snaps together the current understanding of human evolution, an integration of science, philosophy, and theology. He not only clarifies the questions but provides answers for our moment in history. This is an important work."--STACY TRASANCOS, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Holy Apostles College