Climate, Fire and Human Evolution: The Deep Time Dimensions of the Anthropocene. Octubre 2016. Andrew Y. Glikson, Colin Groves. Springer International Publishing The book outlines principal milestones in the evolution of the atmosphere, oceans and biosphere during the last 4 million years in relation with the evolution from primates to the genus Homo â€“ which uniquely mastered the ignition and transfer of fire. The advent of land plants since about 420 million years ago ensued in flammable carbon-rich biosphere interfaced with an oxygen-rich atmosphere. Born on a flammable Earth surface, under increasingly unstable climates descending from the warmer Pliocene into the deepest ice ages of the Pleistocene, human survival depended on both biological adaptations and cultural evolution, mastering fire as a necessity. up the landscape. They took their chance at high noon, when most other predators were asleep.
Evolution of Gibbons and Siamang: Phylogeny, Morphology, and Cognition Agosto 2016. Ulrich H. Reichard, Hirohisa Hirai, Claudia Barelli. Springer This volume provides insight into gibbon diet and community ecology, the mating system and reproduction, and conservation biology, all topics which represent areas of substantial progress in understanding socioecological flexibility and conservation needs of the hylobatid family. This work analyzes hylobatid evolution by synthesizing recent and ongoing studies of molecular phylogeny, morphology, and cognition in a framework of gibbon and siamang evolution. With its clearly different perspective, this book is written to be read, referenced, and added to the bookshelves of scientists, librarians, and the interested public.