Africa was the evolutionary cradle for Homo sapiens. But what was it about Africa's ecosystems that made human evolution possible? In Origin Africa, Jonathan Kingdon, a leading expert on the natural history of Africa, sets human evolution within its African context, examining the natural conditions that enabled the rise of humans and the flowering of the continent, from preexisting geological factors and the broad-scale evolution of plants and animals to the emergence of hominids and beyond. Richly illustrated, the book features a wealth of photographs, artwork, and diagrams. Few people have the breadth of knowledge required to tackle this story, and no one can tell it as well as Kingdon.
Jonathan Kingdon is an award-winning zoologist and artist, and a research associate at the University of Oxford. He is the author of numerous books, including Lowly Origin: Why, When, and Where Our Ancestors First Stood Up and The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals.