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Human evolution

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  • 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...

  • 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...

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

    Cambridge University Press 2009; US$ 108.00

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

  • The Leakeys: A Biographyby Mary Bowman-Kruhm

    ABC-CLIO 2005; US$ 35.00

    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, and... 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...

  • The 10,000 Year Explosionby Gregory Cochran; Henry Harpending

    Basic Books 2009; US$ 16.95

    Two leading researchers make the controversial argument that our species is still measurably evolving in important ways—in fact, faster than ever before. more...

  • The Evolving Femaleby Mary Ellen Morbeck; Alison Galloway; Adrienne Zihlman

    Princeton University Press 1996; US$ 55.00

    A human female is born, lives her life, and dies within the space of a few decades, but the shape of her life has been strongly influenced by 50 million years of primate evolution and more than 100 million years of mammalian evolution. How the individual female plays out the stages of her life--from infancy, through the reproductive period, to old... more...

  • Human Evolution and the Origins of Hierarchiesby Benoît Dubreuil

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 28.00

    Benoît Dubreuil offers a naturalist account of the creation and destruction of hierarchies in human evolution. more...