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May 18th, 2007

The Ape in the Tree: An Intellectual and Natural History of Proconsul

May 18, 2007

teaser: By Alan Walker and Pat Shipman

This book, written for the general public, details the history of one of the lesser known branches in our family tree. The subject is the genus Proconsul, a primate that lived in Africa some 18 million years ago during the Miocene epoch.

May 9th, 2007

The Wisdom of the Bones

May 10, 2007

Teaser: By Alan Walker and Pat Shipman

March 16th, 2007

Clark Howell, 81, Leader in Study of Human Origins, Dies

March 16, 2007

Noted leader in the field of human origins research dies Dr. Howell led or participated in fossil-hunting excavations around the world, in Turkey, Spain and China, as well as Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania.

March 15th, 2007

The New Science of Human Evolution

March 15, 2007

The new science of the brain and DNA is rewriting the history of human origins is the somewhat grand claim appearing in the March 19 issue of Newsweek, now in the hands of subscribers and on newstands.

March 14th, 2007

Recommended Reading

March 15, 2007

Teaser: Recommended reading for students seeking a survey of the discipline and also for the general reader interested in obtaining a thorough overview of the study of human origins.

Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins (Zimmer);

The Complete World of Human Evolution (Stringer & Andrews)

Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction (Wood)

March 7th, 2007

Archeologists Find Evidence of Chimp Tool Use

March 07, 2007

Archaeologists Find Signs Of Early Chimps' Tool Use

By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD

Published: February 13, 2007

October 13th, 2005

New Fossils of Homo floresiensis

October 13, 2005

Additional fossils attributed to Homo floresiensis have been described. These fossils provided more evidence for an endemic species of small bodied Homo on Flores.

The new fossils are described in the following article:

September 30th, 2005

Tool Use Observed in Wild Gorillas

September 30, 2005

Great apes, including chimpanzees and orangutans, have been observed using tools in the wild but until now tool use had not been observed in gorillas. Two new reports highlight the ability of gorillas to use tools in the wild. One report documents gorillas using sticks to test the depth of water and another report documents nut cracking behavior in a gorilla.

September 1st, 2005

Chimpanzee Genome Sequenced

September 01, 2005

The genome of the chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes, has been sequenced. Several other species, including humans, have had their genomes sequenced previously.

February 27th, 2003

The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History 1300-1850

February 28, 2003

Teaser: By Brian J. Fagan, Basic Books, 2001, Hardcover, 272 pages, $26.00

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