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Society in Prehistory The Origins of Human Culture by Tim Megarry

Society in Prehistory The Origins of Human Culture


Society in Prehistory The Origins of Human Culture by Tim Megarry

Since the 1960s, spectacular advances made in the disciplines concerned with prehistory have led to a dramatic revision of our view of human evolution and the forces that have shaped the cultural foundations of modern humanity. It is now possible to make a reconstruction of the physical and behavioural characteristics that lay behind the social life of pre-human ancestors as much as two million years ago. This interdisciplinary book introduces the new evidence to a wider audience and argues that human evolution and human status are only intelligible through an interaction of biological and social factors. The significance and relevance of prehistory to the social sciences is a major theme of the book.


'Social scientists have tended to neglect prehistory in their approach to human societies. Tim Megarry's lucid and authoritative book remedies this neglect. It examines the interaction of the formation of human societies and biological evolution, and offers an excellent account of the revolution in our understanding of human origins in recent decades. It will be of great value to students of anthropology, psychology and sociology.' - Paul Hirst, Professor of Social Theory, Birkbeck College, University of London

'I am very impressed. It is not only very well done, but coming from someone with a background in sociology, it is written from a novel point of view. It shows a profound understanding of evolutionary biology and an excellent, up-to-date knowledge of human evolution studies. It needs to be very widely read and I hope that it will be. The author is doing his subject a great service.' - Bernard Campbell, Professor of Anthropology, University of California'

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Publication date

1st November 1995


Tim Megarry

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Palgrave Macmillan


416 pages


Prehistoric archaeology
Social & cultural history
Physical anthropology
Human biology



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