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Sources Elsewhere: Human Origins
From Our Library: Books on Fossils
A Pictorial Guide to Fossils by
Call Number: 560 CAS
Publication Date: 1982-04-01
Spans everything from the lowest forms of life--the protozoa--to the highest forms of mammals.
Call Number: 573 JOH
Publication Date: 1981-02-23
Johanson, the discoverer, in 1974, of "Lucy"--the oldest skeleton of an erect-walking human yet found--reports the story of his internationally acclaimed find and speculates on its meaning for the understanding of our origin.
Prehistoric Life: The Definitive Visual History of Life on Earth by
Call Number: REF 560 PRE
Publication Date: 2009-10-05
Profiles hundreds of fascinating species in incredible detail; features breathtaking, state-of-the-art images; explores the concept of geological time; and explains the classification of species and how the evidence for their evolution is preserved and can be deciphered.
Written in Stone by
Call Number: 599.938 SWI
Publication Date: 2010-11-30
Proposes that the strides made in paleontology have helped with understanding evolution, and discusses how fossils, prominent scientists, technology, and other factors have each influenced the theory's development.
From Our Library: Books on Human Genetics
Your Inner Fish by
Call Number: 611 SHU
Publication Date: 2009-01-06
Tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth. By examining fossils and DNA, Shubin shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our head is organized like that of a long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genome look and function like those of worms and bacteria.
The Making of the Fittest by
Call Number: 572.86 CAR
Publication Date: 2006-10-17
Beyond any reasonable doubt -- The bloodless fish of Bouvet Island -- The everyday math of evolution: chance, selection, and time -- Immortal genes: running in place for eons -- Making the new from the old -- Fossil genes: broken pieces of yesterday's life -- Déjà vu: how and why evolution repeats itself -- Our flesh and blood: arms races, the human race, and natural selection -- The making and evolution of complexity -- Seeing and believing -- The palm trees of Wyoming.
Genetics and Evolution: The Molecules of Inheritance by
Call Number: REF 573 BAI
Publication Date: 1995-11-30
Takes the reader to the essence of the key topics in genetics and evolution, exploring recent discoveries and ongoing debates. The 500-entry keyword section provides a bonus "mini-encyclopedia" of central terms and concepts, while the fact files present critical information in easy-to-read charts and graphs.
The Leakey Family by
Call Number: 614.1 WIL
Publication Date: 1992-11-01
The Leakey Family tells the complete story of this talented family of anthropologists who charted the search for origins in East Africa and discovered Homo habilis.
From Our Library: Books on Human Origins
Below are just some examples of the library's materials on human origins.
African Exodus by
Call Number: 599.93 STR
Publication Date: 1998-06-15
Contends that all modern humans share a single racial stock and that modern humankind emerged out of Africa less than one hundred thousand years ago and replaced all other human populations that had walked the earth.
Darwin's Dangerous Idea by
Call Number: 575 DEN
Publication Date: 1995-05-10
Discusses the power of the theory of natural selection and shows how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of our place in the universe.
Call Number: 573 HUM
Publication Date: 2006-08-21
Introduction -- Origins -- Body -- Mind -- Life cycle -- Society -- Culture -- Peoples -- Future.
Call Number: 573 LEA
Publication Date: 1977-10-28
Explores our long-buried past—from the feral roots of humanity, through the eons of time, to society today, replete with its wonders and anomalies—searching for valuable insights into the future of modern society.
The Neanderthal Enigma by
Call Number: 575 SHR
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
Threading his own way and drawing his own conclusions, Shreeve presents a measured case for what really happened to the Neanderthals.
From Our Library: Books on Prehistoric and Early Cultures
Sources Elsewhere: Prehistoric & Early Cultures
From Our Library: Books on Development of Culture
Call Number: REF 599 HUM
Publication Date: 2004-10-04
A comprehensive and illustrated reference work: how we evolved, how our bodies work and develop, and how we think and behave, this unbelievable reference examines the qualities all humans share but also highlights the diversity of human society and culture.
Prehistoric Life by
Call Number: REF 560 PRE
Publication Date: 2009-10-05
Young earth. Exploring earth's past ; The origin of the earth ; The first 500 million years ; Plate tectonics ; Changing climates ; Life and evolution ; Classification ; Mass extinctions ; Types of fossils ; Information in the fossil record ; Key fossil sites ; The geological timescale -- Life on earth. Archean ; Proterozoic ; Cambrian ; Ordovician ; Silurian ; Devonian ; Carboniferous ; Permian ; Triassic ; Jurassic ; Cretaceous ; Paleogene ; Neogene ; Quaternary -- The rise of the humans. Human relatives ; Human ancestors ; Origins of modern humans ; Out of Africa ; European hunter gatherers ; Paleolithic cave art ; After the ice.
The Ape That Spoke by
Call Number: 573.2 MCC
Publication Date: 1991-01-01
The story of how the human mind evolved and what happened once Homo sapiens learned to speak.
From Our Library: Articles on World History Topics
The Home tab in the World History guide provides links to several library databases. They serve as good starting places for your research.
Remember that besides articles many databases also include photos and other illustrations, maps, charts, and primary sources!