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Primates and Human Ancestors
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816059659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5965-2
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $40.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 12/01/2008
  • Dewey Number: 569
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 152

Summary

In the story of human origins, the first primates were small, unremarkable tree dwellers in a world full of diverse mammals of all sizes. Over several million years, primates branched out into the groups known as monkeys and apes. Their larger brains led to new variety in mammal adaptation that led to the development of social groups and sophisticated survival strategies. From the apes evolved a new, highly intelligent kind of primate, the hominins, ancestors of the human species. The richly illustrated Primates and Human Ancestors tells the story of 50 million years of primate evolution during the Pliocene epoch, from their origins in Africa to their spread to the New World and origin of the human species.

Specifications

Full-color photographs and illustrations. Sidebars. Further reading. Web sites. References. Glossary. Appendixes. Index.

About the Author(s)

Thom Holmes is a writer specializing in natural history subjects and dinosaurs. He is noted for his expertise on the early history of dinosaur science in America. He was the publications director of The Dinosaur Society for six years and the editor of its newsletter, Dino Times, the world’s only monthly publication devoted to news about dinosaur discoveries. It was through the society and his work with the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia that Holmes developed widespread contacts and working relationships with paleontologists and paleo-artists throughout the world.

Reviews and Awards

"...excellent...a wonderful account...fascinating...a comprehensive scientific evaluation of the current state of knowledge of human origins...well organized, well written, and interesting."


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