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Human Evolution: Overview

  1. Bernard A Wood

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001573



How to Cite

Wood, B. A. 2001. Human Evolution: Overview. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


The fossil evidence for human evolution can be traced from close to 4.5 Ma to the present. The new term for modern humans and the human clade is ‘hominin’, which replaces the older name ‘hominid’.


  • australopithecines;
  • homo;
  • neanderthals;
  • africa;
  • human origins