The Human Lineage / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Rent from
(Save 82%)
Est. Return Date: 09/08/2014
Buy New
Buy New from
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 41%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $60.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 53%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (20) from $60.00   
  • New (7) from $96.70   
  • Used (13) from $60.00   


The Human Lineage focuses on the last ten million years of human history, from the hominoid radiations of the Miocene to the emergence and diversification of modern humanity. It draws upon the fossil record to shed light on the scientific issues, principles, methods, and history of paleoanthropology. Its chapters cover historical geology, evolutionary analysis, primate origins and evolution, and the functional morphology, relationships, and adaptations of the human lineage and its side branches through the Pliocene and Pleistocene.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The Human Lineage could be used as a sole text, supplemented with journal articles and library sources." (PaleoAnthropology, 2010)

"Although paleoanthropology as a field moves rapidly the sheer quality of the writing and explanatory synthesis in this book will undoubtedly make it a valuable resource for students for many years." (PaleoAnthropology, July 2010)"The Human Lineage excels in providing rich detail and clear explanations for complex issues. This is true of the writing, but is particularly apparent in the 300 or so superb illustrations that detail dozens of fossils as well as anatomical structures and mechanics." (The Quarterly Review of Biology, March 2010)

"Cartmill and Smith have produced a generally excellent work for advanced students." (CHOICE, October 2009)

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471214915
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/23/2009
  • Series: Foundation of Human Biology Series , #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 1,333,160
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Fossil Record 1

Ch. 2 Analyzing Evolution 29

Ch. 3 People As Primates 63

Ch. 4 The Bipedal Ape 129

Ch. 5 The Migrating Ape: Homo erectus and Human Evolution 233

Ch. 6 The Big-Brained Ape: Regional Variation and Evolutionary Trends in the Middle Pleistocene 291

Ch. 7 Talking Apes: The Neandertals 337

Ch. 8 The Symbolic Ape: The Origin of Modern Humans 413

Appendix Cranial Measurements 481

Bibliography 4 87

Index 565

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Posted May 4, 2009

    best book on the market

    this is far the best textbook on human evolution currently available on the market. Matt Cartmill's insights into evolutionary mechanisms, mammalian & primate evolution, combined with Fred Smith's vast knowledge of human fossil record make this a very happy intelectual marriage. Further, both are great teachers with years of experience working with students. Although the book is quite detailed and voluminous, don't be scared off by this. The way they use scientific data is to tell a story - it is not ( unlike some other books out there) just another too detailed overview of everything there is. These guys tell us a human story and make sure to guide us along the way. Easy to read and with extensive list of used references. If you're seriously getting into the field of paleoanthropology, treat yourself with this volume. You won't be sorry.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)