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On the Origin of Species: By Means of Natural Selection by Charles Darwin (Penguin Classic edition, 1982)
This groundbreaking work sets out Darwin’s revolutionary theory of evolution by natural selection. Aimed at a general audience, it is a rigorous and very readable account of what has become the accepted scientific explanation for the development and diversity of life on Earth. One of the most important books ever written, and the key work in the modern human understanding of the living world around us.

The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin (Penguin Classic edition, 2004)
Darwin addresses the controversial, but vital, question of the origins and evolution of mankind, that he deliberately omitted from On the Origin of Species. By providing evidence linking us to the rest of the animal kingdom, he tackles the eternal question of what it is to be human. Another classic work which continues to influence science, philosophy, theology and literature.

The Rise of Horses: 55 Million Years of Evolution by Jens Lorenz Franzen, Kirsten M. Brown (Translator) (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009)
Jens Franzen, one of the world's leading authorities on horse evolution, examines the descent of the domesticated horse, Equus caballus, its extinct ancestors and extant relatives. How did a creature the size of a hare, related to rhinoceroses, evolve into the common horses, zebras, and asses we see today? Beginning around the time of Ida in the Eocene, this history of the horse provides a fascinating study of another lineage of mammal evolution.

The Primate Fossil Record (Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology) by Walter Carl Hartwig (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
A comprehensively illustrated examination of the primate fossil record, from the origin of primates to anatomically modern humans, covering the discovery and interpretation of primate fossils and story they tell of adaptive evolution. This book also summarizes the many intellectual debates surrounding the interpretation of the fossil record, and includes extensive reference information.

The Beginning of the Age of Mammals by Kenneth D. Rose (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006)
Focussing on the Paleocene and Eocene adaptive radiations of therian mammals, Rose documents mammal evolution from its origins with the cynodont therapsids in the Mesozoic era of the dinosaurs. This richly illustrates the rapid rise of mammals from obscurity to planetary dominance, using the fossil record to interpret behaviour and phylogenetic relationships.

Primates in Perspective edited by Christina J. Campbell, Augustin Fuentes, Katherine C. MacKinnon, Melissa Panger and Simon K. Bearder (OUP USA, 2006)
Essays by fifty-nine leading researchers provide a comprehensive overview of modern primatology, covering the natural history of the major taxonomic groups, primate reproduction, social behaviour and intelligence, and ecology and conservation.

Primate Adaptation and Evolution by John G. Fleagle (Academic Press, 1998)
Providing an introductory overview of our primate heritage, this impressively illustrated volume covers the key points of primate origins, biology and human evolution using comparative examples. With up-to-date information, it enables understanding of the whole story of primate evolution.

The Life Of Mammals by David Attenborough (BBC Books, 2002)
The story of the 4000 plus species of mammals alive today and how their kind has conquered the Earth since the demise of the dinosaurs. With vivid illustrations and rich descriptions the amazing diversity of mammals is revealed, from the giants of the oceans to the tiny pigmy shrew. Based on the stunning BBC TV series, David Attenborough recounts the success of the different mammal groups, including our closest primate relatives.

The Origin of Humankind (Science Masters) by Richard E. Leakey (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1994)
A clear and accessible book covering the complexities of the development of modern humans on the African Savanna. Looking beyond the physical traits evident in the fossil record, legendary paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey discusses the core qualities of human beings, including co-operation, language, artistic expression and consciousness.

Lucy, the Beginnings of Humankind by Donald C. Johanson and Maitland Armstrong Edey (Simon & Schuster, 1990)
Donald Johanson, who discovered the famous 3.2 million year old, 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton ‘Lucy’ in 1974, recounts the inside story of his internationally important find and its contribution to our understanding of human evolution.

The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal by Jared Diamond (Harper Perennial, 2006)
Though we share 98 percent of our genes with our chimpanzee cousins, why has that 2% genetic difference resulted in the vast differences between our species? Scientist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond investigates what makes the human animal special, and how it has rapidly taken over the world and developed the unprecedented ability to destroy itself.

The Variety of Life: A survey and a celebration of all the creatures that have ever lived by Colin Tudge (OUP Oxford, 2002)
A lavishly illustrated insight into the diversity of life, and how all living species, both past and present, relate to each other. This volume explains how the billions of species that have existed since the origin of life have been classified by systematists, and how this can help us to understand the vast and complex evolutionary story.

Neanderthals, Bandits and Farmers. How Agriculture Really Began (Darwinism Today) by Colin Tudge (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998)
Revealing a group of proto-farmers who may have out-competed the Neanderthal hunter-gatherers, this book counters the traditional view that agriculture began around 10,000 years ago in the Middle East. Arguing that agriculture is at least as difficult as a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, leading science writer Colin Tudge applies evolutionary ideas to human behaviour and investigates why our ancestors made the revolutionary change.

How Humans Evolved by Robert Boyd and Joan B. Silk (W. W. Norton & Co., 2006)
Written by experts in evolutionary theory and primate behaviour, this definitive introductory account of the story of human evolution integrates the scientific methods and evidence into a very readable narrative. Based on the behavioural ecology approach to animal behaviour, it reveals the big themes in human evolutionary history, the many extinct human species, and explains how we became modern humans.

Almost Like a Whale: The 'Origin of Species' Updated by Steve Jones (Black Swan, 2000)
This ambitious and detailed book successfully rewrites Darwin’s classic original with the benefit of 150 years of hindsight and the incredible biological advances that Darwin’s theories enabled. Modern discoveries, including in Steve Jones’ own discipline genetics, have only provided further supporting evidence for Darwin’s central idea of evolution by natural selection, which has become the unifying theory of biological science.

The Human Story: Where We Come from and How We Evolved by Charles Lockwood (The Natural History Museum, 2007)
This enlightening book traces human ancestors back to our divergence from the chimpanzee lineage, from the earliest hominids 6-7 million years ago to our own Homo sapiens species. Leading palaeoanthropologist Charles Lockwood explains the amazing advances in our understanding of the diversity of species in human evolution and what the fossil record can tell us about our origins. Using photographs, drawings and charts, this accessible book clearly outlines the key finds, locations and people involved in uncovering the human story.

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5 Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin (Allen Lan , 2008)
Using the latest genetic research, this thought-provoking book highlights the evidence of the 3.5 billion year history of life that we all carry around with us in our own bodies. Tracing the history of the human body, it reveals that many of our most distinctive features evolved when our ancestors were living in the oceans.


The Ascent Of Man: Complete BBC Series (BBC DVD, 2005) ASIN: B000772842
In a classic television series, Dr Jacob Bronowski traces the history of human ingenuity through the ideas that have shaped humanity. Following our scientific imagination around the world through key points in time, from early humans to today, these award-winning documentaries remain an impressive achievement.

Charles Darwin And The Tree of Life (BBC DVD, 2009) ASIN: B001QE1BIO
A personal examination into the origins and impact of Darwin's theory of evolution by David Attenborough, celebrating the150th anniversary of the publication of On The Origin Of Species and the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth. This insightful documentary pays tribute to the man who’s ideas have been at the heart of all of Attenborough’s classic natural history series.

The Life of Mammals (BBC DVD, 2003) ASIN: B000088DSM
With too many new and remarkable scenes to mention, David Attenborough and the BBC Natural History Unit present another exemplary exploration of the natural world. Highlighting the success of the mammals, this visually stunning series reveals their development and diversity across the planet.

Darwin's Dangerous Idea (BBC DVD, 2009) ASIN: B001V7P2TK
Tracing the impact of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution beyond science, into society, religion and politics, Andrew Marr’s insightful series reveals Darwin's important and far-reaching legacy. His revolutionary idea has enabled us to understand our place within the natural world, and continues to be relevant to contemporary issues like our inextricable link to the causes and effects environmental change.

Cousins - The Complete Series (BBC DVD, 2000) ASIN: B001EXEEEU
An investigation into the natural history of primates, our closest living relatives, and how they evolved to be such intelligent and social creatures. This illuminating series also sheds light onto our own origins and place within the primate order.

Walking with Cavemen (BBC DVD, 2003) ASIN: B000087LOS
This documentary series recreates the incredible story of human evolution with the latest make up and special effects technology, providing a vivid depiction of different stages in human evolutionary history.


BBC Darwin Season 2009 homepage
Information on Darwin and the BBC’s range of programmes celebrating the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Darwin Online
The largest and most widely used Darwin resource ever created. The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online, based at the University of Cambridge, includes all of his published writings and unpublished papers.

Understanding Evolution - Exploring The History of Evolutionary Thought
An education website teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology, promoting understanding of what evolution is, how it works and how it relates to your life.

Natural History Museum - Darwin 200
Darwin200 celebrates the impact that Darwin's evolutionary ideas, as well as his approach to the understanding of the natural world and his outstanding example as a scientist, continue to have on our lives.

Primate Info Net Primate Info Net (PIN) covers the broad field of primatology with original content and links to resources about nonhuman primates in research, education and conservation.

The Orangutan Foundation
The Orangutan Foundation charity is the foremost orangutan conservation organisation working actively to conserve the orangutan and the biodiversity of their habitat through the protection of the tropical forests of Borneo and Sumatra.

The Jane Goodall Institute
The Jane Goodall Institute works to prevent the extinction of chimpanzees, our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, through conservation, research and education.

Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund
The Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund is a charity working in conjunction with the Cameroon government to protect its indigenous primates, including chimpanzees and gorillas.

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is dedicated to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitats in Africa.