Joan Silk and I have coauthored a textbook entitled How Humans Evolvedwhich is designed for use in introductory classes in human evolution and biological anthropology. This text differs from others in several ways:


  • A more thorough treatment of evolutionary theory, including discussions of the evolution of quantitative characters, kin selection, sexual selection, life history evolution, and parent offspring conflict.

  • A modern behavioral-ecological discussion of primate behavior.

  • An extensive treatment of evolutionary psychology and human behavioral ecology.


The 8th edition is now available. It has been shortened, updated, and improved. The new material includes:


  • Coverage of Lomekwi tools

  • New material on early Homo

  • Updated coverage of ancient DNA

  • Expanded treatment of very early Homo sapiens in East Asia and Europe


    Discussion of Homo naledi










For more information point your browser to the How Humans Evolved page at the W.W. Norton web site.

This site was designed with the
website builder. Create your website today.
Start Now