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  • The People's Peking Manby Sigrid Schmalzer

    University of Chicago Press 2009; US$ 27.50

    In the 1920s an international team of scientists and miners unearthed the richest evidence of human evolution the world had ever seen: Peking Man. After the communist revolution of 1949, Peking Man became a prominent figure in the movement to bring science to the people. In a new state with twin goals of crushing “superstition” and establishing... more...

  • The Linkby Colin Tudge; Josh Young

    Little, Brown and Company 2009; US$ 12.99

    For more than a century, scientists have raced to unravel the human family tree and have grappled with its complications. Now, with an astonishing new discovery, everything we thought we knew about primate origins could change. Lying inside a high-security vault, deep within the heart of one of the world's leading natural history museums, is the scientific... more...

  • Homo erectusby W. Henry Gilbert; Berhane Asfaw

    University of California Press 2009; US$ 78.95

    This volume, the first in a series devoted to the paleoanthropological resources of the Middle Awash Valley of Ethiopia, studies Homo erectus, a close relative of Homo sapiens. Written by a team of highly regarded scholars, this book provides the first detailed descriptions, photographs, and analysis of the fossil vertebrates?from elephants and... more...

  • The Humans Who Went Extinctby Clive Finlayson

    Oxford University Press 2009; US$ 15.99

    Just 28,000 years ago, the blink of an eye in geological time, the last of Neanderthals died out in their last outpost, in caves near Gibraltar. Thanks to cartoons and folk accounts we have a distorted view of these other humans - for that is what they were. We think of them as crude and clumsy and not very bright, easily driven to extinction by the... more...

  • The Leakeysby Mary Bowman-Kruhm

    ABC-CLIO 2005; US$ 45.00

    Three generations of Leakeys have dug in East Africa for fossil evidence that answers questions about human origins. Louis and Mary, husband and wife, began what would turn into decades of research and fieldwork, often disproving common theories and beliefs of the time. Son Richard followed in his parents' foot steps, along with his wife Meave,... more...

  • The Emergence of Humansby Patricia J. Ash; David J. Robinson

    Wiley 2011; US$ 82.95

    The Emergence of Humans is an accessible, informative introduction to the scientific study of human evolution. It takes the reader through time following the emergence of the modern human species Homo sapiens from primate roots. Acknowledging the controversy surrounding the interpretation of the fossil record, the authors present a balanced approach... more...

  • The Evolutionary Biology of Human Body Fatnessby Jonathan C. K. Wells

    Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 102.00

    Integrates medical and evolutionary data on the role of body fat in human biology, including the current obesity epidemic. more...

  • Why Sex Mattersby Bobbi S. Low

    Princeton University Press 2001; US$ 45.00

    Why are men, like other primate males, usually the aggressors and risk takers? Why do women typically have fewer sexual partners? Why is killing infants routine in some cultures, but forbidden in others? Why is incest everywhere taboo? Bobbi Low ranges from ancient Rome to modern America, from the Amazon to the Arctic, and from single-celled organisms... more...

  • Quarry Closing In On the Missing Linkby Noel T. Boaz

    Free Press 2010; US$ 18.95

    A leading anthropologist's twenty-year quest in northern and eastern Africa shows how findings from a variety of fields contribute to a holistic picture of human evolution and provide a context for understanding today's problems. more...

  • Human Brain Evolutionby Stephen Cunnane; Kathlyn Stewart

    Wiley 2010; US$ 154.95

    The evolution of the human brain and cognitive ability is one of the central themes of physical/biological anthropology. This book discusses the emergence of human cognition at a conceptual level, describing it as a process of long adaptive stasis interrupted by short periods of cognitive advance. These advances were not linear and directed, but were... more...