Introduction to hominin evolution

Back in the 80s I devoured Richard Leakey’s “The Making of Mankind”. Quite a few things have changed since then, although I try to keep up to date with new developments as time allows through science daily. My local library had a copy of the textbook “The Human past” third edition, so I’m reading that to try and get a better overview of the subject. I’m also aware that there some good resources on the internet, if one can separate the wheat from the chaff. One of the best I’ve found at only 6:22 is


although I wonder if it might be better on a logarithmic timescale, as things get a bit rushed at the end.

What do you consider some of the best resources to point interested members of the public towards?

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As far as an introduction, the Wikipedia page is surprisingly good:

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I’ve found another good resource.

Sheila Nightingale of the Department of Anthropology, City University of New York, has some very good and up to date lectures available on her youtube channel.

Hominin Evolution, Part 1: The First 5 Million Years
46:30 long, uploaded on 18 Oct 2019
This video lecture covers the first 5 million years of hominin evolution after our split from chimpanzees. This is the first in a two-part series on hominin evolution

Hominin Evolution, Part 2: The Genus Homo
42:18 long, uploaded on 27 Oct 2019
This video lecture covers the last two million years of hominin evolution (from 2mya to today), focusing on the genus Homo

There is also a blank family tree worksheet if you want to fill it out as you watch.

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