Re: Review of Human Evolution

Susan S. Chin (
Wed, 15 Jan 1997 02:49:05 GMT (JSterl7511) wrote:
: > >One of my intellectual passions is the study of human evolution (I had
: > >previously been a grad student in biological anthropology twenty years
: > >ago). However, my job and other commitments preclude me from following
: > >the field as closely as I would like to. Has there been a review article
: > >recently published, either in the scientific or lay press, that summarizes
: > >the current state of knowledge of human evolution covering the period from
: > >about 6 million years ago to the present and which catalogs and summarizes
: > >the major fossil finds (human ancestral and human). Thanks.

debra mckay wrote:
: > Try _The Fossil Trail_ by Ian Tattersall (1995, Oxford University Press); it
: > includes _Ardipithecus ramidus_ (but while it was still Australopithecus);
: > it summarizes the major finds and also the philosophical stances which have
: > influenced interpretation--at least as important as the finds themselves,
: > IMHO.

Michael McBroom ( wrote:
: An outstanding book, yes, and one that provides a decent refresher on
: evolutionary theory, as well. I highly recommend it. I can also
: recommend _From Lucy to Language_ by Johanson and another author whose
: name escapes me. It's expensive, but the photography is exquisite.

"From Lucy to Language" is excellent. It's a coffee table sized book that
I don't mind actually reading. Oh and the authors: Don Johanson of
"Lucy" fame, and Blake Edgar, of the California Academy of Sciences, and
also a former classmate in "Osteo U." (sorry, inside joke)