Timothy Ebersole con Endurance Running and Evolution: How Natural Selection Tells the Story of Humanity Through the History of Running (English Edition)
This book investigates two fascinating topics:Darwin's Theory of Evolution and Endurance Runing. At first these topics may seems unrelated but once you look at them bit closer you will find the deep connection between the two.
First, when considering Evolution, many people misunderstand the theory itself. While the "Survival of the Fittest" is largly considered the true explanation for the existence of the vast variety of animals we find on Earth today many do not realize that this theory is potentially fundamentally unscientific. If that's the case why is it so universally accepted by the scientific community? This book thoroughly explains the theory itself and then offers a compelling explanation for the apparent contradiction involved in its far-reaching acceptance.
Secondly this book uses this compelling explanation to challenge one of the most widely accepted explanations regarding why homo sapiens were the fittest to outlast the neanderthals: that our larger brain and ability to fashion tools for farming and hunting made us more fit to survive.
Specifically, this book looks at the narrative power of Evolutionary theory and finds a deep connection between it and the theory that it was the homo sapiens ability to run for long periods of time reltive to other mammals and in particular neaderthals. This theory states that it is this ability, not our large brains or tool making abilities, that allowed the homo sapien to outlast the larger and stronger neanderthals.
In this book you will find both remarkable facts about the human body and hopefully a new understanding of how human beings became the top dog on the evolutionary food chain.