Penguin Book

Human Evolution

Robin Dunbar

The distinguished evolutionary psychologist and author Robin Dunbar tells the story of human evolution, drawing on the latest discoveries about our deepest past.

Perhaps the greatest story ever told, the tale of our origins as a species holds a perennial fascination for us. It is also a constantly evolving story, as technological developments enable us to gain new insights into our past. Drawing on recent discoveries, renowned evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar provides a concise and accessible overview of six million years of humanity's evolution. As Dunbar reminds us, we live in unusual times: since the demise of the last Hobbet on Flores Island, Indonesia, the past 12,000 years or so represent the only time during the entire sweep of human history when there has been only one human species. How did this extraordinary proliferation of species come about? Why did the better part of two dozen species go extinct leaving just us? And why did we come out of it such intellectual giants?

An engaging and essential primer, Human Evolution elucidates for the lay reader the most important developments in the history of our species.

Robin Dunbar is currently Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford University, and a Fellow of Magdalen College. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1998. His books include The Trouble with Science, Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language, The Human Story and How Many Friends Does One Person Need?: Dunbar's Number and Other Evolutionary Quirks.

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181 x 111mm
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