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Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations by Brian M. Fagan

Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations

by Brian M. Fagan

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This course is chronological, beginning with the appearance of hominids in Africa, their evolution to Homo sapiens and the spread of Homo sapiens around the globe, to the rise of manís first civilizations.

This comprehensive course discusses the answers that the latest scientific and archaeological research and theorizing provide to questions including:

  • How do we know humankind began in Africa?
  • How and when did people begin to migrate elsewhere?
  • What is so magical about prehistoric cave paintings?

Lectures cover human origins, emergence of modern humans in Africa, spread of modern humans in the late Ice Age, peopling of the Americas, origins of agriculture and animal domestication, and beginnings of civilization in the Old and New Worlds.

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A Clear Portrait of Archaic Life
Reviewer gtrupiano
 November 29, 2009
Professor Fagan is a nimble thinker and speaker, interjecting thoughts and questions that stimulate the listener to broaden considerations of the matter at hand; he animates the subject matter with much observation relevant to our modern human lives; I found the entire course to be a wonderful background to other areas: art, religion, music, and so forth. His caring discussion of the Neaderthals stayed with me for several days and I felt as if I had known them!

The vast portrait he describes of pre-human and archaic human experience is redemptive -- we become creatures of nature, developing, evolving in fits and starts rather than the brutish, aggressive beasts of some ancient history.

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  • Published: 2002
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: H002677
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