Re: New Discoveries in Human Evolution

Ralph L Holloway (
Sun, 22 Sep 1996 00:39:30 -0400

On 21 Sep 1996, JSterl7511 wrote:

> Although I am not a scientist one of my intellectual passions is the study
> of human evolution. One problem, however, is that as soon as I pick up and
> read a book on the topic. e.g., Ancestors, The Origins of Humankind, The
> Fossil Trial, The Wisdom of the Bones, someone reports of a new find in
> Africa, Europe or Asia that immediately puts alot of the material in the
> book(s) out of date. Does anyone have any suggestions on what technical
> journals and popular press magazines an interested observer like myself
> should scan to keep abreast of the latest news and scientific findings in
> human evolution. Thanks.

John, the best two journals for announcing recent discoveroies are NATURE
and SCIENCE, more the former than the latter. AJPA (Am. J. Physical
Anthropology) and JHE (Journal Human Evolution) often carry detailed
descriptions and comparisons of the new finds. A newerjournal calle
EVOLUTIONARY ANTHROPOLOGY, edited by John Fleagle, also carries excellent
reviews of fossil discoveries and theoretical problems associated with
them. Sometimes, the ANNUAL REVIEW OF ANTHROPOLOGY carries in-depth
reviews of human evolutionary perspectives, as they always have a couple
of review articles devoted to physical anthropology.
Ralph Holloway