The Human Journey

Recommended Links

Recommended sites and links on the web

Focus on Evolution

Becoming Human website is a site dedicated to human evolution from the perspective of paleoanthropology or the study of human origins. It contains:
  • An interactive documentary on human evolution.
  • The latest news on paleoanthropology and human evolution.
  • Reviews of books on evolution.
  • A learning center with in-depth lesson plans developed by leading science educators where we learn about chromosomes and the evolution of our bodies.
  • An alphabetical index of words pertaining to the field of evolution and their definitions.
  • A reference index of media pertaining to the field of evolution.
  • A reference index of websites pertaining to the field of evolution.

Bradshaw Foundation, The Journey of Modern Man website presents a virtual global journey of modern man over the last 160,000 years.
  • This site shows the migration and spread of mankind across the globe.
  • Graphically displays the interaction of migration and climate.
  • Clicking on key words on the map will bring up detailed information.
  • In addition you may also purchase a lecture film “Journey of Mankind” for four dollars. It is immediately viewable on your computer.

The Smithsonian Human Origins website is a site dedicated to the Smithsonian Institution's human origins program. Its main focus is paleoanthropology.
  • Learn about 5 million years of early human evolution.
  • Keep track of developments in the science of paleoanthropology.
  • Find answers to commonly asked questions about paleoanthropology.
  • Read a summary of human origins.
  • Send questions to one of the institute’s researchers.
  • Find links to paleoanthropology, evolution, education and related subjects.

Evolution Research website is a site that provides links to news in evolution research. News archives are searchable chronologically or by medium.

UC Berkeley Evolution website is a site dedicated to the understanding of evolution.
Areas explored are:
  • “What is evolution and how does it work?”
  • “How does evolution impact my life?”
  • “What is the evidence for evolution?”
  • “What is the history of evolutionary theory?”

Tree of Life website The Tree of Life
This is an effort of biologists from around the world. On more than 9000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about the diversity of organisms on Earth, their evolutionary history (phylogeny), and characteristics.
Each page contains information about a particular group of organisms. ToL pages are linked one to another hierarchically, in the form of the evolutionary tree of life. Starting with the root of all Life on Earth and moving out along diverging branches to individual species, the structure of the ToL project thus illustrates the genetic connections between all living things.

UC Santa Barbara evolution website Human Evolution
The fossil evidence in 3-D by the Department of Anthropology, University of Santa Barbara
This gallery contains five modern primate crania, and five fossil crania. The crania can be rotated 360 degrees. Each cranium is accompanied by a short description of its relevance to human evolution, and a site map.

PBS Evolution website PBS Evolution Website
A website put together by PBS as a complement to their series on evolution.
Features a multimedia library of videoclips and web activities pertaining to evolution.
There are sub-sections on: Darwin, Change, Extinction, Survival, Sex, Humans, Religion

The Guardian, Chimps are making monkeys out of us. Extraordinary research from Japan shows that chimpanzees are way ahead of humans in complex memory tests.

Focus on Culture

Harappa 2000 illustrated pages of the ancient Indus Civilization by leading scholars from around the world as well as the latest discoveries about Indus Civilization sites, writing and much more in slide shows, essays and articles.

OTSF Malta Temples website A website by the Old Temples Study Foundation focusing on the Neolithic temples of Malta.

Video & Audio

The following Video programs provide factual, theoretical and entertaining stories of our journey to populate the world:

Nova: Great Human Odyssey


Our ancient human ancestors once lived only in Africa, in tiny bands of a few thousand hunter-gatherers. Follow our ancient ancestors’ footsteps out of Africa and into every corner of our planet. Watch online.

Nova series: Becoming Human

NOVA’s groundbreaking investigation explores how new discoveries are transforming views of our earliest ancestors. Featuring interviews with renowned scientists, footage shot as fossils were unearthed, and stunning computer-generated animation, Becoming Human brings early hominids to life, examining how they lived and how we became the creative and adaptable modern humans of today. Available online here.

PBS, So Human, So Chimp

LANGUAGE EVOLUTION How the Languages We Speak Shape the Ways We Think


AID The “bottom billion” by Economist Paul Collier

AID Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid

AID William Easterly | Talks at Google

AID Four faculty perspectives on the ideas presented by William Easterly in the White Man’s Burden


LANGUAGE EVOLUTION The Pirahã Controversy: Numbers

LANGUAGE EVOLUTION Unlike Humans, Chimpanzees Don’t Enjoy Collaborating

LANGUAGE EVOLUTION Chimps "Talk" to Each Other About Their Favorite Fruit Trees

Study finds humans still evolving, and quickly By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times

AID The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab: Policy Lessons

AID The Audacity of Hope The Economist

AID Obama’s Fantastic Boring Idea The New York Times

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY Wind and Solar Are Crushing Fossil Fuels

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY Sustainable Energy – without the hot air Free book download: