Skip to content
Primate and Human Evolution

Primate and Human Evolution

$195.00 (X)

Part of Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology

  • Date Published: May 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521829427

$ 195.00 (X)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Primate and Human Evolution provides a synthesis of the evolution and adaptive significance of human anatomical, physiological and behavioral traits. Using paleontology and modern human variation and biology, it compares hominid traits to those of other catarrhine primates both living and extinct, presenting a new hominization model that does not depend solely on global climate change, but on predictable trends observed in catarrhines. Dealing with the origins of hominid tool use and tool manufacture, it compares tool behavior in other animals and incorporates information from the earliest archaeological record. Examining the use of non-human primates and other mammals in modeling the origins of early human social behavior, Susan Cachel argues that human intelligence does not arise from complex social interactions, but from attentiveness to the natural world. This book will be a rich source of inspiration for all those interested in the evolution of all primates, including ourselves.

    • Presents new model of human origins that does not depend solely on global climatic change
    • Deals with origins of tool use and manufacture, and argues that human intelligence is based on attentiveness to the natural world and the ability to predict and manipulate events in the non-social world
    • Provides a review of changing ideas about human evolution over the past 150 years using both fossil and genetic evidence
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'In sum, Cachel's volume has a lot to say on a wide variety of topics. It is a well-written volume with a different voice concerning the hominization process. It tries mightily to bend data and principles, based on primates, to understand the process of human evolution... [it] is a worthwhile purchase, which allows each of us to reconsider our own views covering these many and varied topics.' Daniel L Gebo, American Journal of Human Biology

    'The range and breadth of topics covered in this lengthy book are undeniably impressive, and Cachel certainly dares to be different. There are forays into artificial intelligence, speciation, primates as models (and non-models), neuroanatomy, the origins of sociality, the evolutionary implications of body size, the possible impact of diet on sexual dimorphism, taphonomy, bipedalism, Hox genes, tool use, technology, … the list goes on. And all interspersed with condensed histories of primatology and palaeoanthropology. … wide-ranging and thought-provoking …' PaleoAnthropology

    'Primate and Human Evolution contains great food for thought, but great thought is only the first and easiest step toward great science. As many of our eager undergraduate majors enter anthropology as unintentional chimpocentrics because of their exposure to primatology in media and popular culture, Primate and Human Evolution will help students take that first step.' International Journal of Primatology

    ' … a provocative, refreshingly nonconfrontational, structured set of musings on hominin evolution …' American Journal of Physical Anthropology

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521829427
    • length: 488 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 155 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. A brief history of primatology and human evolution
    3. The catarrhine fossil record
    4. Primate speciation and exstinction
    5. Anatomical primatology
    6. Captive studies of non-human primates
    7. What can non-human primate anatomy, physiology, and development reveal about human evolution?
    8. Natural history intelligence and human evolution
    9. Why be social? - the advantages and disadvantages of social life
    10. Evolution and behaviour
    11. The implications of body size for evolutionary ecology
    12. The nature of the fossil record
    13. The bipedal breakthrough
    14. The hominid radiation
    15. Modelling human evolution
    16. Archaeological evidence and models of human evolution
    17. What does evolutionary anthropology reveal about human evolution?
    18. Final thoughts on primate and human evolution.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Introduction to Human Evolution
  • Author

    Susan Cachel, Rutgers University, New Jersey
    Susan Cachel is Associate Professor of Physical Anthropology at Rutgers University, New Jersey. She is a member of the Rutgers Center for Human Evolutionary Studies, and is an instructor and researcher at the Koobi Fora Field School in Kenya.

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.