Understanding Human Evolution 2004 and is widely used as a textbook for university courses on human evolution.  

The fifth edition features:

  • Inclusion of new putative hominin species named since the 4th edition, including Orrorin tugenensis, Sahelanthropus tchadensis, & Kenyanthropus platyops.  (It's been a busy few years!)
  • Updates on all sectors of primate evolution.
  • Updated taxonomy of the Hominidae.
  • A reorganized text to make the flow of ideas easier and more exciting for the student.
  • More paleoecology.
  • More illustrations.
  • A substantially expanded glossary.
  • A unified reference list (not divided by chapter), to make it easier for students to follow up on references.
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