Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

We aren’t the only humans. Well, we are now, says author Yuval Noah Harari, but that hasn’t always been true. The word ‘human’ he explains, means ‘an animal belonging to the genus Homo‘. Other humans throughout history have included Homo rudolfensis, Homo erectus, and of course, Homo neanderthalensis. How did it come to be that a lone human species – Homo sapiens – went from the underdog to the only surviving species in just 100,000 short (by evolutionary standards) years? What is it about US that made us more successful than THEM? In tackling what could be a very...

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