Human evolution : a very short introduction


Human evolution : a very short introduction

Bernard Wood

(Very short introductions, 142)

Oxford University Press, 2005

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"Timeline of thought and science relevant to human origins and evolution": p. 116-119

Bibliography: p. 121-124

Includes index



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. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.


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

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    • 9780192803603
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    Oxford ; New York
  • ページ数/冊数
    [xi], 131 p.
  • 大きさ
    18 cm
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