The Complete World of Human Evolution


‘By far the best illustrated introduction for the general reader to that 20-million-year long tale’ New Scientist


ISBN: 9780500288986 Categories: ,

Chris Stringer, Peter Andrews


Human domination of our earth is now so complete that it is easy to forget how recently our role in the history of our planet began: the earliest apes evolved around 20 million years ago, yet homo sapiens has existed for a mere 160,000 years. In the intervening period, dozens of species of early ape and human have lived and died out, leaving behind the fossilized remains that have helped to build up the detailed picture of our evolution revealed in this book. It explores every aspect of the study of ape and human evolution in three accessible sections, lavishly illustrated throughout with photographs, diagrams, timelines and specially commissioned drawings.

The book includes new descriptions of the famous ‘Ardi’ skeleton (Ardipithecus ramidus; information on the newly discovered species Australopithecus sediba; fresh work on the dwarf-human remains from Indonesia; new DNA research showing that modern humans living outside Africa have traces of Neanderthal genetic heritage; new discoveries from a Siberian cave suggesting another, as yet unnamed human species lived alongside Neanderthals and modern humans.

This compelling and authoritative account is essential reading for anyone interested in, or studying, the story of human origins.

Additional information

Weight 861 g
Dimensions 19.2 x 25.6 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 October 2011
Number of pages 240
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 19.2 x 25.6 cm
Weight 861 g


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Chris Stringer is Research Leader in Human Origins at the Natural History Museum, London and has been active an researcher in palaeonathropology for over 30 years. Chris Stringer is author of In Search of the Neanderthals (with Clive Gamble), Homo Britannicus and The Origin of Our Species.

Peter Andrews was Research Leader in Human Origins at the Natural History Museum, London and is now curator of Blandford Museum. Both have been active researchers in palaeonathropology for over 30 years.