Human Evolution

  • John Ellis


In 1842 Queen Victoria visited London Zoo to see an orang-utan called Jenny. She is reported as saying that “The orang-utan is too wonderful … he is frightfully, and painfully, and disagreeably human”. The reader may experience the same mixture of emotional responses when looking at the cover of this book.


Brain Size Modern Human Stone Tool Direct Ancestor Close Living Relative 
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Further Reading

  1. 1.
    The Complete World of Human Evolution. Chris Stringer and Peter Andrews. Published by Thames and Hudson 2011. ISBN 978-0-500-28898-6. A superbly illustrated account of the whole field of human evolution.Google Scholar
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    The Ancestor’s Tale. Richard Dawkins. Published by Weidenfield and Nicolson. ISBN 0- 297-82503-8. A discussion of the evolutionary process, starting with human evolution and progressing backwards to the origin of life.Google Scholar
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    Tools go back in time. Erella Hovers 2015. Nature 521: 294–295. Summary of the accompanying paper by Harmand et al., describing the discovery of stone tools dated to 3.3 million years ago.Google Scholar
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    The rise of Homo Sapiens; The Evolution of Modern Thinking. Frederick L. Coolidge and Thomas Wynn. Published by Wiley-Blackwell 2009. ISBN 978-1-4051-52532. This combination of the suggestions of a psychologist and an anthropologist discusses how modern thinking may have increased during human evolution.Google Scholar
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    Human evolution: Fifty years after Homo habilis. Bernard Wood 2014. Nature News and Comment April 3rd, pp.31-33.Google Scholar
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    The compete genome sequence of a Neanderthal from the Altai mountains. Kay Prufer et al. 2014. Nature 505: 43–49.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Ellis
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  1. 1.University of WarwickCoventryUK

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