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Suggested Human Origins Reading

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People often ask me what my favorite books are on human evolution or which books they should buy while I'm teaching origins at the museum or discussing it online. Here are four fairly up-to-date, recent books that I've read and thought were excellent. Human Origins is a fast developing and ever changing field of study, so no book will ever include all the latest data. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari covers basic human evolution going back a few million years in the fossil record, but also has chapters on The Cognitive Revolution, The Agricultural Revolution, and The Scientific Revolution. The Neanderthals Rediscovered and Lone Survivors are both great if you are interested in learning about our closest extinct cousin, Homo neanderthalensis, and how they are similar yet different from us.  The Fossil Trail by Ian Tattersall is the oldest book of the four, published in 1995, but it is still a great reference and takes you through fossil hominid discoveries over the past few million years and how they may relate to us. 

If there's one thing I've learned about studying Human Origins, it is never stop reading! There are always new discoveries, and if you want to keep up, you have to keep reading. Anyone interested in reading the scientific papers instead of just the articles or waiting for a book can open a Researchgate account and often you are able to request permission to read articles that may otherwise be behind a paywall on sites like Nature. 


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