Journal of Mammalian Evolution

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 599–600 | Cite as

Everything Ape, with a Side of Human Evolution

APES AND HUMAN EVOLUTION. By Russell H. Tuttle. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 2014. 1072 pp., $59.95 (cloth). ISBN 9780674073166
  • Ashley S. Hammond
Book Review

Millions of years ago, human ancestors were small-brained apes that were not yet bipedal, and lacking in syntactical communication, symbolism, morality, and advanced tool-use. In certain respects, our ape ancestors were probably similar to the apes alive today. What evolutionary events occurred over the last few million years to make humans so unusual among primates? What can we learn about how we became Homo sapiens from the study of other apes? The goal of Apes and Human Evolution by Russell H. Tuttle is to detail living ape biology and behavior to provide the reader with a context for understanding ape and human evolution.

The book consists of 13 chapters divided into five major sections. Tuttle begins by introducing the apes broadly before moving quickly into the fossil apes and their past distributions, and summarizing the morphological and molecular evidence for human origins (Part I). The volume then moves into extant ape biology, discussing positional and subsistence behaviors...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anatomical SciencesStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA

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