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Making Faces: The Evolutionary Origins of the Human Face

Making Faces: The Evolutionary Origins of the Human Face

by Adam S. Wilkins

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Adam Wilkins draws on studies of nonhuman species, the fossil record, genetics, and molecular and developmental biology to reconstruct the evolution of the human face and its inextricable link to our species’ evolving social complexity. The neural and muscular mechanisms that allowed facial expressions also led to speech, which is unique to humans.

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ISBN-13: 9780674974487
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 01/02/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 450
File size: 83 MB
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About the Author

Adam S. Wilkins is the author of The Evolution of Developmental Pathways and editor of the “Perspectives” section of Genetics.

Table of Contents

Cover Title Copyright Dedication Contents Preface Chapter 1. Thinking about the Human Face as a Product of Evolution Chapter 2. How the Face Develops: From Early Embryo to Older Teenager Chapter 3. The Genetic Foundations of the Face Chapter 4. The Genetic Basis of Facial Diversity Chapter 5. History of the Face I: From Earliest Vertebrates to the First Primates Chapter 6. History of the Face II: From Early Primates to Modern Humans Chapter 7. Brain and Face Coevolution: Recognizing, Reading, and Making Faces Chapter 8. “Postspeciation”: The Evolving Face in Modern Humans Chapter 9. On Face Consciousness and the Future of the Face Chapter 10. Social Selection in the Shaping of the Human Face Coda: Three Journeys Notes Acronyms Glossary Bibliography Acknowledgments Index

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