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The Complete World of Human Evolution

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Human domination of the earth is now so complete that it is easy to forget how recently our role in the history of the planet began: the earliest apes evolved around twenty million years ago, yet Homo sapiens has existed for a mere 150,000 years. In the intervening period, many species of early ape and human have lived and died out, leaving behind the fossilized remains th ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 17th 2005 by Thames & Hudson
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Mar 31, 2014 Erik rated it really liked it
One of the strongest recent books on human evolution for students and non-experts like me. I was surprised to see the multiple ancestry theory given so much credence, i.e., that modern humans are descended from homo erectus in different regions of the earth, because of facial features in the fossil record when erectus roamed the earth that are similar to modern races. Every DNA study seems to show that the out of Africa model stands firm and that modern humans evolved from homo erectus or homo e ...more
Russell Ince
Aug 07, 2011 Russell Ince rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Beginners to Palaeoanthropology

A wonderful book which succinctly illustrates human evolution over the last 20 million years which I would recommend to anyone interested in human evolution, especially at a beginners level.

Just about every topic in palaeoanthropology is covered by Stringer and Andrews and, although they are proponents of the 'Out of Africa' or 'Recent Single-Origin Hypothesis' at the expense of the Multi-regional Model of modern human evolution, they do at least give credence to differing opinions and make it k
Javier Mancebo rojas
Creo que fué el mejor libro para introducirse sobre el tema que hubo en su día, y quizás hoy aún lo es. Está llena de datos muy bien explicados, apoyados en fotos, dibujos y esquemas y trata de tocar todos los temas para que queden pocas dudas. Pasa que al ser de 2005 no incluye descubrimientos posteriores como el Denisovano o la teoría de la hibridación con otras tres especies (neanderthal, denisovano y otra aún por dilucidar)en estudios del ADN mitocondrial.
Sep 11, 2014 M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: evolution
Brilliant. Wonderful breakdown of all the species starting at the first primate and ending with H. sapiens. Part 1 is a nice refresh of paleo 101 and describes major fossil sites throughout the world. Part 2 has many chapters, each a small review of an ancestor from yore. Part 3 sums up the fossil evidence from part 2 with other avenues of inquiry such as behavior and locomotion, basically other aspects of human evolution to study besides the fossil record. This is a brilliant book, feels like a ...more
Mackenzie Mick
Jul 01, 2016 Mackenzie Mick rated it really liked it
We had this book for a class. I ended up reading the whole book a few days before the exam. Evolution is real and this book was very helpful in giving a clear explanation of what evolution really is and how it has worked.
Mar 23, 2016 Pat rated it liked it
Simple but decent overview with lots of fairly helpful pictures and charts.
Ralph Hermansen
Feb 08, 2013 Ralph Hermansen rated it it was amazing
Chris Stringer and Peter Andrews did a superlative job with the book. It is the best one I have read on the subject. It is beautifully illustrated with copious colored photos and drawings. The pages are of thick quality paper. The topic is covered thoroughly and competently. It is very up to date and educational. It would make a great gift, a great reference book, a great textbook for an anthropology course, or just a great read for yourself. I think that it is priced at only one-fourth of its r ...more
Jean-michel Pigeon
Feb 22, 2016 Jean-michel Pigeon rated it really liked it
Bonne synthèse sur l'évolution de la famille des Hominidae
Steven Heywood
Jun 05, 2015 Steven Heywood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Accessible, wide-ranging and not patronising
Perry Krasow
Mar 17, 2013 Perry Krasow rated it really liked it
A helpful addition to the general public’s knowledge. It is factual, rational and clear; providing a picture of human evolution based strictly on the empirical evidence available. The book was written in 2005, and updated in 2011 to include recent finds, so is fairly contemporary. This is a highly user-friendly book. It does not assume that the reader is an expert in the field, so defines new and difficult scientific terms in parentheses. Full review of this and additional titles at greatnonfict ...more
Ka Ming (Ivan) Yeung
I am a layman to this topic. Though some Amazon reviews point out that the book is not detail enough, I do feel content on the information it provides.

Scientists spent so many man-hours in searching the origin of human being; on the other hand, some sacred text said woman was made by a bone. Which one is more creditable? You have your own answer, but I am fully respected the hardworking of scientists. For those who just turn pages and speak what is written - hardly respectable.
Paul Comac
If you interested in human evolution, this is for you. Full of amazing illustrations, the book covers millions of years up to our nearest ancestors. The last section has a significant warning about climate change.
Gary Stocker
Jul 28, 2011 Gary Stocker rated it liked it
Bit of a long slog. Does go into a lot of detail. Probably more for the serious reader. It is relatively user friendly in that the information is given in smallish sections and it is quite pictorial.
Jan 01, 2013 Alannah rated it it was amazing
A concise covering of the important finds and their associated flaws in the fossil collections. As always, stringer is brilliant as is Andrews. A neat review of human evolution- great refresher.
Aug 06, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
Nice graphics, very up-to-date. I didn't like the organization scheme, though - and I think it would have been hard to follow if you didn't already know something about the subject.
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Professor Christopher Brian Stringer, Fellow of the Royal Society currently works at the National History Museum, London, as research leader in human origins.
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