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Our closest living relatives are the chimpanzee and bonobo. We share many characteristics with them, but our lineages diverged millions of years ago. Who in fact was our last common ancestor? Bringing together ecology, evolution, genetics, anatomy and geology, this book provides a new perspective on human evolution. What can fossil apes tell us about the origins of human evolution? Did the last common ancestor of apes and humans live in trees or on the ground? What did it eat, and how did it survive in a world full of large predators? Did it look anything like living apes? Andrews addresses these questions and more to reconstruct the common ancestor and its habitat. Synthesising thirty-five years of work on both ancient environments and fossil and modern ape anatomy, this book provides unique new insights into the evolutionary processes that led to the origins of the human lineage.
Cornel Wilde directs, produces and stars in this cult adventure drama. In 19th-century Africa, a visiting party, led by an unnamed British safari guide (Wilde), encounters a native tribe who take offence to their lack of gifts and decide to ritualistically slaughter them one by one. But they spare the guide and let him loose with no clothing or weapons, giving him a head start as they prepare to hunt him down...
The United Kingdom has been entertaining the public with its amazing selection of parks and roller coasters since the late 19th century. This book features in-depth profiles of 80 roller coasters, from the 7,442-foot Ultimate in Lightwater Valley to Thorpe Park's Stealth, which goes from 0 to 80 mph in 1.9 seconds. A compelling series of photographs, gathered from 38 of Great Britain's most famous amusement parks, includes many behind-the-scenes perspectives and rare views that prove these compelling structures are not merely fun rides but also mechanically magnificent and, at times, visually stunning machines. Covering the length and breadth of the UK, this photographic and historic guide takes you from Brighton up to Glasgow, and from Gwynedd over to Great Yarmouth and provides the ultimate adrenaline rush.
The "Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia" represents the lifework of the most visionary poet of the American postwar generation. Philip Lamantia (1927-2005) played a major role in shaping the poetics of both the Beat and the Surrealist movements in the United States. First mentored by the San Francisco poet Kenneth Rexroth, the teenage Lamantia also came to the attention of the French Surrealist leader Andre Breton, who, after reading Lamantia's youthful work, hailed him as a "voice that rises once in a hundred years." Later, Lamantia went "on the road" with Jack Kerouac and shared the stage with Allen Ginsberg at the famous Six Gallery reading in San Francisco, where Ginsburg first read "Howl." Throughout his life, Lamantia sought to extend and renew the visionary tradition of Romanticism in a distinctly American vernacular, drawing on mystical lore and drug experience in the process. The "Collected Poems" gathers not only his published work but also an extensive selection of unpublished or uncollected work; the editors have also provided a biographical introduction.
The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia represents the lifework of the most visionary poet of the American postwar generation. Philip Lamantia (1927-2005) played a major role in shaping the poetics of both the Beat and the Surrealist movements in the United States. First mentored by the San Francisco poet Kenneth Rexroth, the teenage Lamantia also came to the attention of the French Surrealist leader Andre Breton, who, after reading Lamantia's youthful work, hailed him as a "voice that rises once in a hundred years." Later, Lamantia went "on the road" with Jack Kerouac and shared the stage with Allen Ginsberg at the famous Six Gallery reading in San Francisco, where Ginsburg first read "Howl." Throughout his life, Lamantia sought to extend and renew the visionary tradition of Romanticism in a distinctly American vernacular, drawing on mystical lore and drug experience in the process. The Collected Poems gathers not only his published work but also an extensive selection of unpublished or uncollected work; the editors have also provided a biographical introduction.
The earliest apes evolved around twenty million years ago, yet Homo sapiens has existed for a mere 160,000 years. In the intervening period, dozens of species of early ape and human have lived and died out, leaving behind the fossilized remains that have helped to make the detailed picture of our evolution revealed here.
Since this book was first published in 2005 there have been exciting new developments in the story of ape and human evolution, and the authors take account of them in this revised edition. The big gap in the fossil record in Africa is beginning to be filled with the discovery of several new species of apes in Kenya and Ethiopia that date from ten to nine million years ago. There are new discoveries of Australopithecus, updates on the dating of hominin sites, results of new DNA analyses, and much more.
Illustrated with photographs, diagrams, and reconstruction drawings, this is essential reading for anyone interested in human origins.
This edited volume describes the geology, stratigraphy, anthropology, archaeology, dating, taphonomy, paleobotany, paleontology and paleoecology of Azokh caves (also known as Azykh or Azikh). The chapters review exhaustively the key recent research on this limestone karstic site, which is located near the village of the same name in the region of Nagorno Karabagh in the south-eastern end of the Lesser Caucasus. The site is significant due to its geographic location at an important migratory crossroad between Africa and Eurasia. These caves contain an almost complete sedimentary sequence of the transition between H.heidelbergensis and H. neanderthalensis continuing to later Pleistocene and Holocene stratified sediment. The site is also important due to the discovery of Neanderthal remains by the current research group in addition to the Middle Pleistocene hominin fossils during a previous phase of excavation work led by M. Huseinov. At the heart of this book is the matter of how this site relates to human evolution.
This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of two workshops held at the 19th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2016, in Athens, Greece, in October 2016: the First Workshop on Large-Scale Annotation of Biomedical Data and Expert Label Synthesis, LABELS 2016, and the Second International Workshop on Deep Learning in Medical Image Analysis, DLMIA 2016. The 28 revised regular papers presented in this book were carefully reviewed and selected from a total of 52 submissions. The 7 papers selected for LABELS deal with topics from the following fields: crowd-sourcing methods; active learning; transfer learning; semi-supervised learning; and modeling of label uncertainty.The 21 papers selected for DLMIA span a wide range of topics such as image description; medical imaging-based diagnosis; medical signal-based diagnosis; medical image reconstruction and model selection using deep learning techniques; meta-heuristic techniques for fine-tuning parameter in deep learning-based architectures; and applications based on deep learning techniques.
Badger is happy living in his neat and tidy burrow - until Big Bad Bully Goat decides to move in! Bully Goat has such a fearsome reputation that even Badger's biggest friends are too scared to help. All seems lost until help arrives from a very unexpected quarter and Badger realises that size isn't everything. This traditional Iberian tale is retold with a twist by storyteller, poet and anthologist Andrew Fusek Peters. Complete with Audio CD.
Peter Andrew Wright first became intrigued with magic when he was at kindergarten, an intrigue which developed into a serious study of the occult in his adult life. He was flogged at school because he wouldn't get down on his knees before Jesus, arguing he believed instead in the power of the natural world as written in the legends of the Earth Goddess, Gaia. As a young adult Peter suffered a nervous breakdown when the love of his life married another. On the road to his recovery he stumbled across a spiritual church, fuelling his already passionate love of nature, mysticism and spiritualism to new heights. From these experiences the concept of "Professor Midnight" was born, a moving magickal blend of modern witchcraft and ancient legend, crafted into a hauntingly unforgettable tale. You will love him, hate him, pity him, and fear him. His birth was prophesied by an ancient order who worshipped the Earth Goddess, Gaia, five hundred years in advance of his incarnation. Their descendents, a coven of witches based near the legendary Stone Henge, seek to guide him on the path of the wise, but first they have to find him. He was raised by a mother who cursed his existence, and he was empowered by magick. He dreamed of restoring the natural balance of Mother Earth and populating the planet with his magickal spawn. He was a genius, a lover of all that was beautiful, and as "Professor Midnight" he became one of the most revered magicians of all time. At the pinnacle of his career he was invited to become the resident entertainer in the bastion of power in the free world, The White House ... before his tormented craving for true love and his passionate desire to preserve the wildlife and wildernesses of our world led him to become one of the most feared men in history. This is the haunting tale of his heritage, his childhood, and his odyssey into witchcraft and the sciences. Enter, if you dare, the world of Professor Midnight ...
Vivienne Scarlett thinks going on a business trip with her mother sounds exciting. But in the excitement of packing, she realizes she needs to bring her best friend's things, too ... only her best friend is a stuffed pink pig named Hamlet. What do you pack for a pig going on a trip? Rachel Ellyn creates stories that inspire children to dream, to explore, and to build their confidence in being uniquely themselves. A delightful picture reader for first and second graders and an excellent bedtime story for reading to younger children.
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