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The Origins of Humankind

The Origins of Humankind


Part of Cambridge Social Biology Topics

  • Date Published: July 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521466769

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  • The Origins of Humankind gives a concise account of human evolution. It covers evolutionary theory, the primates, the human fossil story, the cultural evolution of humans and the origins of agriculture and civilisation. It begins with an account of the development of ideas about evolution, from pre-Darwinian theories through to the study of molecular evolution, and goes on to give detailed explanations of the physical and evolutionary stages leading to Homo sapiens.

    • A concise and accessible account of human evolution
    • Gives detailed explanations of the evolutionary stages leading to Homo sapiens
    • Illustrated with fossil evidence as well as insights from molecular biology
    • Covers the development of ideas about evolution, from pre-Darwinian theories through to the latest studies of molecular evolution
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    • Date Published: July 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521466769
    • length: 146 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.22kg
    • contains: 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The discovery of evolution
    2. Primates: our contemporary cousins
    3. Mechanisms for change
    4. The record of the rocks
    5. Our living record
    6. Thinking about evolution
    7. The apes that stood up
    8. The australopithecines: the man-apes of Africa
    9. Homo habilis: the making of humankind
    10. Homo erectus: tools, hunting and fire
    11. Homo sapiens: the Neanderthals and the African Eve
    12. The Neolithic revolution: the end of prehistory.

  • Author

    Stephen Tomkins, Homerton College, Cambridge

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