Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

by Bernard Wood

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Overview

The study of human evolution is advancing rapidly. Newly discovered fossil evidence is adding ever more pieces to the puzzle of our past, whilst revolutionary technological advances in the study of ancient DNA are completely reshaping theories of early human populations and migrations. In this Very Short Introduction Bernard Wood traces the history of paleoanthropology from its beginnings in the eighteenth century to the very latest fossil finds. In this new edition he discusses how Ancient DNA studies have revolutionized how we view the recent (post-550 ka) human evolution, and the process of speciation. The combination of ancient and modern human DNA has contributed to discoveries of new taxa, as well as the suggestion of 'ghost' taxa whose fossil records still remain to be discovered. Considering the contributions of related sciences such as paleoclimatology, geochronology, systematics, genetics, and developmental biology, Wood explores our latest understandings of our own evolution. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192567628
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Publication date: 06/27/2019
Series: Very Short Introductions
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 367,133
File size: 1 MB

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
Timelines
Personalities
Further Reading

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