Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction


the new discovery of the diminutive Homo floresiensis (nicknamed "the Hobbit") in Indonesia has sparked new curiosity within the learn of human evolution. during this Very brief Introduction, popular evolutionary student Bernard wooden strains the historical past of paleoanthropology from its beginnings within the eighteenth century to latest most up-to-date fossil unearths. alongside the way in which we're brought to the energetic solid of characters, previous and current, inquisitive about evolutionary learn. even supposing targeting the fossil facts for human evolution, the ebook additionally covers the most recent genetic proof approximately local diversifications within the sleek human genome that relate to our evolutionary background. wooden attracts on over thirty years of expertise to supply an insiders view of the sphere, and demonstrates that our figuring out of human evolution is severely depending on advances in similar sciences similar to paleoclimatology, geochronology, systematics, genetics, and developmental biology. this can be a terrific advent for someone drawn to the origins and improvement of humankind.

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