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The Human Story is a guide to man's ancestors, from the earliest hominids such as Sahelanthropus, dating back 6-7 million years, through to our own species, Homo sapiens. Over the past twenty years there has been an explosion of species' names in the story of human evolution, due both to new discoveries and to a growing understanding of the diversity that existed in the past.
Drawing on this new information, as well as his own considerable expertise and practical experience, Charles Lockwood explains in clear, easy-to-follow language, what each of the key species represents and how it contributes to our knowledge of human evolution. He describes the main sites, the individual fossils, the people and stories involved in the key discoveries and the basic facts about each species – what it looked like, how and when it lived and what it ate as well as explaining how we know all this. There are drawings, photographs and maps and charts throughout to illustrate and enhance the text and help demystify the fascinating cast of characters who hold the secret to man's origins.
Chapter 1 Earliest Hominds: Sahelanthropus tchadensis, Orrorin tugenensis, Ardipithecus ramidus and Ardipithecus kadabba
Chapter 2 Australopithecus: Australopithecus anamensis, Australopithecus afarensis, Australopithecus bahrelghazali, Kenyanthropus platyops, Australopithecus africanus, Australopithecus garhi
Chapter 3 Paranthropus - The "Robust Australopithecines": Paranthropus robustus, Paranthropus boisei, Paranthropus aethiopicus
Chapter 4 Early Homo: Homo habilis, Homo rudolfensis, Homo erectus, Homo ergaster
Chapter 5 Later Homo or Archaic Humans: Homo heidelbergensis, Homo antecessor, Homo rhodesiensis, Homo neanderthalensis, Homo floresiensis, Homo sapiens
Charles Lockwood is Lecturer in Human Evolution in the Department of Anthropology at University College London. He is an expert on early hominid taxonomy and evolutionary relationships. Having worked in the Department of Anthropology at Arizona State University and at various South African and Ethiopian fossil sites, he currently leads a field project in northeastern Ethiopia.
"A fascinating look back at where we have come from [...] lots of photographs, reconstructions and maps, coupled with clear, easy-to-follow language, help make a complex subject very readable."
- David Graham, in the Manchester Evening News.