Top 2016 Human Biology Books

These are my picks for the top twenty human biology and primatology books published in 2016. These books cover topics as diverse as gibbon evolution, cultural evolution, and primate cognition. YMMV, and they are not ranked in any way. Included are the text blurbs; personal reviews available on request! Want …

Top 2015 Popular Human Biology Books

These are my top 5 popular human biology books for 2015. Personal reviews available on request! See the rest of this year’s book recommendations here! The Real Planet of the Apes: A New Story of Human Origins by David R. Begun [Princeton University Press, Hardcover] Price: $20.18 £11.34 EUR 19,44 …

Top 2015 Academic Human Biology Books

These are my top 10 academic human biology books for 2015. Within human biology, I include palaeoanthropology, cultural evolution, archaeology, and primatology. Personal reviews available on request! See the rest of this year’s book recommendations here! Contemporary Evolutionary Theories of Culture and the Study of Religion (Scientific Studies of Religion: …

Human Evolution: Australopithecus

Before getting started, a word on terminology: I will try to use genus names (Homo, Australopithecus, etc) or their abbreviations as much as possible, instead of saying ‘hominid’ or ‘hominin’, the reason being that those two words have traditionally been thrown around erroneously and without definition (is it only Homo? …

Human Evolution: What Are Humans?

Before starting on anything, let’s go through an entire phylogenetic review of where humans are, listing the characteristics of each major clade they belong to. Within the vertebrates, they belong to the Gnathostomata, the vertebrates with jaws and characterised by their skull. Within this clade, they are osteoganthostomes. In other …