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, well known evolutionary pupil Bernard wooden lines the historical past of paleoanthropology from its beginnings within the eighteenth century to modern day most up-to-date fossil unearths. alongside the way in which we're brought to the full of life forged of characters, prior and current, interested by evolutionary study. even if targeting the fossil proof for human evolution, the booklet additionally covers the newest genetic facts approximately neighborhood diversifications within the sleek human genome that relate to our evolutionary historical past. 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 seriously depending on advances in similar sciences reminiscent of paleoclimatology, geochronology, systematics, genetics, and developmental biology. this can be an excellent creation for someone drawn to the origins and improvement of humankind.

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