The Human Story

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Cover of The Human Story
Image: Museum Victoria
Source: Museum Victoria
By Charles Lockwood, foreword by John Long
RRP $24.95
Published by Museum Victoria
Paperback, colour illustrations, 112pp

Ever wondered what the difference is between Homo sapiens and Homo erectus? Or how these and other human ancestors are related to each other? Well, the story of human evolution is a complicated one, and keeping track of who’s who can be difficult, even for the experts.

The Human Story unravels many of these mysteries from our earliest ancestors dating back six to seven millions years, to our own species H. sapiens.

I was privileged to be able to hold in my hands one of the truly sacred relics of human history, the remains of the 2.5 million year old Tuang child. It’s as close as a scientist comes to a truly religious experience, to hold the skull in one hand and the endocast of the brain in the other hand, and then place them together. Here were the remains of an innocent three year old child, struck down and frozen in time. John Long, Head of Sciences, Museum Victoria

Descriptions for each species are given, one by one, with colour illustrations and information about the latest discoveries in clear, easy-to-follow language. Find out what H. habilis looked like, what H.erectus ate, how and when Australopithecus africanus lived, as well as how we know this information.

The Human Story will help unravel the diversity that we see in our evolutionary past.