Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | November 30, 2005

byBernard Wood

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This Very Short Introduction traces the history of paleoanthropology from its beginnings in the eighteenth century to the latest fossil finds. Although concentrating on the fossil evidence for human evolution, it also covers the latest genetic evidence about regional variations in the modernhuman genome that relate to our evolutionary history. Bernard Wood draws on over thirty years of experience to provide an insider's view of the field and some of the personalities in it, and demonstrates that our understanding of human evolution is critically dependent on advances in relatedsciences such as paleoclimatology, geochronology, systematics, genetics, and developmental biology.

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This Very Short Introduction traces the history of paleoanthropology from its beginnings in the eighteenth century to the latest fossil finds. Although concentrating on the fossil evidence for human evolution, it also covers the latest genetic evidence about regional variations in the modernhuman genome that relate to our evolutionary ...

Bernard Wood has been involved in human evolution-related research for more than thirty years. He was appointed Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Origins at George Washington University and the Smithsonian Institution in 1997. This was the first Professorship to be devoted to the study of Human Origins. Prior to that he was the Derby P...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.37 inPublished:November 30, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192803603

ISBN - 13:9780192803603

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Table of Contents

1. What to expect2. Finding our place3. Fossil hominins - discovery and context4. Fossil hominins - analysis and interpretation5. Possible and probable early hominins6. Archaic hominins7. Transitional and archaic iHomo/i8. Modern human originsTimelinesPersonalitiesFurther Reading