Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction
Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

by Bernard 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 modern human 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 related sciences such as paleoclimatology, geochronology, systematics, genetics, and developmental biology.

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ISBN-13: 9780198831747
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Series: Very Short Introductions
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 269,173
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Bernard Wood is University Professor of Human Origins at George Washington University. He has been involved in human evolution-related research for more than thirty years, and is the author or co-author of 19 books, ranging from a 1991 major monograph on the hominid cranial remains from Koobi Fora,
Kenya, to Human Evolution (Brief Insights) (Sterling Books, 2011), and more than 220 refereed scientific articles and book chapters. His research interests include taxonomy, phylogeny reconstruction, and comparative morphology.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What to expect
Chapter 2: Finding our place
Chapter 3: Fossil hominins - discovery and context
Chapter 4: Fossil hominins - analysis and interpretation
Chapter 5: Possible and probable early hominins
Chapter 6: Archaic hominins
Chapter 7: Transitional and archaic Homo
Chapter 8: Modern human origins
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