An engaging, clearly written presentation of human evolution
The Human Lineage focuses on the last ten million years of human history, from the hominoid radiations of the Miocene to the emergence and diversification of modern humanity. It draws upon the fossil record to shed light on the scientific issues, principles, methods, and history of paleoanthropology. Its chapters cover historical geology, evolutionary analysis, primate origins and evolution, and the functional morphology, relationships, and adaptations of the human lineage and its side branches through the Pliocene and Pleistocene. Balanced in its presentation of conflicting theories, and richly illustrated with informative, well-labeled anatomical drawings and graphics, The Human Lineage is not only an excellent text for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate courses, but also a significant contribution to the literature of biological anthropology.