This category is for sites about human evolution. Human evolution is the part of biological evolution concerned with the emergence of Homo sapiens as a distinct species. The genus Homo is first known from the remains of Homo habilis who roamed the earth from about 2.4 to 1.4 million years ago. Other members of the genus Homo followed, but it is unclear which of these were actually ancestors of modern man, Homo sapiens, who first appeared about 250,000 years ago.
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Aida Gomez Robles
Personal webpage of this researcher in Paleoanthropology at the National Research Centre on Human Evolution (CENIEH). Includes research lines, publications, fieldwork and curriculum vitae.
Human evolution and archaeology online resource for amateurs and experts alike.
Atlas of the Human Journey
National Geographic project to map the appearance and frequency of genetic markers in modern people so as to track the movements of ancient peoples. Requires Flash.
BBC News: Asteroids May Have Affected Human Evolution
The ascent of mankind could have been influenced by frequent cosmic catastrophes.
Arizona State University's Institute for Human Origins reviews four million years of human evolution in an interactive documentary. Includes an extensive glossary, a bibliography, and an annotated set of links. [Requires Flash and a high-speed connection.]
Bradshaw Foundation: Journey of Mankind
Stephen Oppenheimer provides a virtual global journey of modern man over the last 160,000 years.
A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution
Offers an outline of William Calvin's from his book about a theory about human brain evolution and climate change.
The Dark Matter of Modern Human Origins
John Hawkes weblog covering the interesting issues in paleoanthropology that are not well covered by the mainstream science press.
Evolution and the Origin of Races
Article by Eugenie C. Scott of the National Center for Science Education dealing with the human fossil record and the racial origins of man.
The Evolution of Man
Exhibit on the evolution of man at the Hooper Virtual Natural History Museum.
The Evolution of Man
Essays recounting our three million year journey from the treetops of Africa to civilization.
Full text of a book presenting the author's views about directionality in evolution and its implications for human society.
Evolution: Origins of Humankind
Interactive site introducing the human-like species that came before us, our closest ancestors, with a hominid family tree.
Handprint : Ancestral Lines
Provides an'interactive' graph that maps the journey of our hominid ancestors from 5 million years ago to present day with descriptions of the various species.
Handy Clues to Ascent of Man
BBC News report on study suggesting that the precision grip of early modern humans may have allowed them to triumph over Neanderthals.
An unorthodox human evolution theory based on a synthesis of biological and cultural theory and new discoveries in neuropsychology.
The Hominid Journey
Demonstrates how our ancestors have changed over the last 4 million years. Provides information on the location and age of hominid discoveries and how the cranium and other features developed over time.
Provides information on the discovery of hominid fossils in different parts of the world and the time range in which each species lived.
A study of the evolution of hominids.
Comprehensive information from Wikipedia on the emergence of Homo sapiens as a distinct species from other hominans, great apes and placental mammals.
Notes from a lecture by DSG Pollock on early hominids. Includes references.
Human Evolution from Ape to Technological Man
Traces origins from ape ancestors such as Australopithecus to modern man. Talks about Neanderthals and their relationship to the gorilla and chimpanzee.
Human Evolution Pictures and Timelines
A collection of pictures and timelines depicting the evolution of human beings.
Human Evolution: The Fossil Evidence in 3D
3D gallery of the skulls of five modern primate relatives and five fossil ancestors of humans contains, each of which may be rotated through 360 degrees. With accompanying descriptions.
Publications from Dr. John Skoyles, an academic researcher from London, on the origins and nature of human biology, language, mind, society, faith, and clinical conditions.
Human Origin Program
Smithsonian Institution's journey through five million years of human evolution.
Human Origins and Development of Culture
Covers the development of humans from our ancestors. In module format.
Human Origins and Evolution in Africa
Links for primates, human evolution and paleoecology, course notes on Human Origins, and Jeanne Sept's personal web pages at Indiana University.
Human Origins and Prehistory
Class page to go along with Indiana University's anthropology class, A105. Lectures cover the human place among the pages, evolution theories, genetics and current research. Related resource links are included.
Human Origins Summary
Information and links to other sites.
Exhibit that "walks through" the various stages of human evolution.
The Human Story: As it Really Happened
Provides information on the book of this name by KRV Hari about the human saga of the last 500,000 years. There are sample pages to download and a link to purchase the book online.
Institute of Human Origins
A non-profit, multidisciplinary research organization, affiliated with Arizona State University, dedicated to the recovery and analysis of the fossil evidence for human evolution.
The Leakey Family
PBS provides biographical information on the Leakey family and their work and important discoveries in East Africa.
Non profit organization site with several articles, glossary, and links section.
Leakey.com: The Leakey Family
Leakey.com celebrates 100 years of the Leakey Family in East Africa.
The official visitor centres for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, Gauteng, South Africa. Provides information on the Sterkfontein Caves, the exhibition, and the other facilities for conferences, education and accommodation.
Sculptural and forensic techniques used to approximate what the Nariokotome boy (KNM-WT-15000)looked like in life.
Origins and Evolution of Human Diet
Central repository of information and links pertaining to the study of the origins and evolution of human diet.
Out of Africa and back as "Mongoloids"
An alternative explanation of human evolution evolution.
Paleoanthropology in the 1990's
A series of fifteen essays about the most recent findings in the study of human origins and evolution.
Paleoprimatology & Human Evolution Yahoo! Group
A forum for the scientific discussion of paleoanthropology, paleoprimatology, physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, Stone Age archeology, human origins, primate biology, and primate evolution.
Lecture notes for a course covering human and pre-human history.
Prominent Hominid Fossils
The list is sorted by species, going from older to more recent species. Within each species, finds are sorted by the order of their discovery. Each species has a type specimen which was used to define it.
Reflections on the Origins of Scavenging and Hunting in Early Hominids
An essay by James Q. Jacobs discussing when our earliest human ancestors first began to scavenge for meat and hunt. Includes references.
Picture and discussion of the fossil cranium TM 266-01-060-1 (Toumaï) found in Chad in 2001. It is estimated to be between six and seven million years old. Until other early hominid fossils are found to provide context it cannot be known how this species relates to the human, chimp, or even gorilla lines.
Scientific American: Food for Thought
Article, by William R. Leonard, arguing that dietary change was a driving force in human evolution.
Scientific American: Stranger in a New Land
Stunning finds in the Republic of Georgia upend long-standing ideas about the first hominids to journey out of Africa
Spirituality and Evolution
This article discusses the evolutionary significance of spiritual development.
The Upright Ape: A New Origin of the Species
Information on a book by Aaron G. Filler MD, PhD that presents a new theory on the early origins of the hominiform primates.
New African Ape Fossil Discovered
BBC Science and Nature article by Helen Briggs on the discovery of fossils of an ape that lived 10 million years ago which could hold clues to the dawn of human evolution. (November 13, 2007)
New Scientist: Chromosomes Reveal Surprise Human-chimp Differences
Comparisons of newly-sequenced chimpanzee chromosome 22 and its counterpart, human chromosome 21, show that while the DNA differences are small, they are spread out to affect 83 percent of the proteins coded for. (May 26, 2004)
New Scientist: Dawn of Human Race Uncovered
The discovery of three Ethiopian skulls from 160,000 years ago, showing almost completely modern features, lends new support to the Out-of-Africa hypothesis. Includes information about handling of skulls after death and dating techniques used. (June 11, 2003)
BBC News: 'Oldest' Ape-man Fossils Revealed
Scientists unveiled the remains of a hominid said to be six million years old. (February 07, 2001)
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