A Look at Modern Human Origins

Human Evolution Websites (Updated 2/10/03)

This is a list of webpages devoted to some aspect of human evolution. Some of these sites are nonprofessional and provide information that may or may not be correct. Please keep this in mind. Also, many of these sites have not been updated in a long time, and may never be, so their usefulness will vary considerably. If any links are not functioning properly, or if you know of a site to add to this list, please let me know by e-mail at dkreger@yahoo.com.

Working Links

A Look at Modern Human Origins - My site (the one you are looking at right now!), which (if I do say so myself) is growing into a pretty good resource (albeit slowly).
Anthropology in the News - A must-bookmark site for any anthropologist. All the latest anthropologically related news can be found here on a daily basis.
Aquatic Ape Info - A web site which explores the Aquatic Ape Theory. An admittedly biased site, created by the grandson of Elaine Morgan.
Aquatic Ape Theory: Sink or Swim? - A very good site that explicates the serious faults with "AAT" as both a serious scientific theory on human evolution and the accuracy of its proponents claims.
Archaeologyinfo.com - A site with most of its text material originating from A Look at Modern Human Origins (the site you are at now), but with really nice graphic images, and a few editorials. Possible affiliation in the works between this site and mine.
Archaeology, Rock Art, Human Origins, and other Ancient Knowledge - Disorganized site that does not seem to have been updated recently. Mostly links with little content.
Atapuerca - Official website of Arsuaga and his team with lots of information on Atapuerca and Gran Dolina, a top notch site. Only drawback is that it is in spanish, so if you can't read spanish, you may be out of luck. But remember, lots of translation software out there so you should be able to work around it.
Australian and Asian Palaeoanthropology - A good site with information on areas of the world that are often left out of websites discussing human evolution.
Becoming Human: Paleoanthropology, Evolution, and Human Origins - A professional site from Donald Johanson. Has some good stuff, but lots the of the things that were supposedly coming 6 months ago haven't yet. Hopefully, they will be soon. Check it out if you already haven't.
Biological Anthropology Web - A site with info related to biological evolution. A great place to start from if you ware searching the web for biological anthropology stuff.
Braindance - From the labs of Dean Falk comes this page dedicated to the ancient hominid brain. A nice site with information on the Radiator Hypothesis of hominid brain evolution.
Cogprints: Cognitive Sciences Eprint Archives - Another step towards free inquiry into science! Get full text articles on issues relating to cognitive science that have been posted by the authors. Nice!
Computer-Assisted Paleoanthropology - A site that deals with technology issues and methods that hold great potential for the facilitation of human evolution research. This is a great site for graduate students and professors both.
The Cradle of Humankind - A very nice site. The site is professionally done and includes information on just about every South African site. Check this one out!
Dmanisi Site - The homepage for the research going on at Dmanisi in the Republic of Georgia. Contains information on the research and the specimens that have been unearthed recently. A definite "must see" for those interested in Pleistocene human evolution.
Darwin and Darwinism - A really good general evolution site, though it does have a lot of info and links of human evolution issues. Very professional looking site.
D. Formenti's links: Paleoanthropology - Probably the best "links" site I've seen, though far too many are no longer functional. However, this is one that anyone looking for info on the web shouldn't miss.
Evolution Happens - A nice little site with an evolution Q&A going over some frequently asked basic questions about evolution. Has some pictures and a large link list as well.
Handprint: Ancestral Lines - A decent site with some basic info on various hominids, and some information on other topics germane to the topic of human evolution.
Harold L. Dibble Home Page - H. Dibble's university homepage that includes a few things, but most importantly a publication list that includes articles in downloadable .pdf form.
Hominid Evolution: From Australopithecus to Cro-Magnon - A site that is really a personal interpretation of the fossil record.
Hominid Sites Around the World - A good site with information on the more prominent hominid species. Includes an excellent map of sites around the world with information on all included.
Human Evolution - A decent site with general information on human evolution.
Human Evolution - A site with a decent amount of information, but it is not well-ordered. Not exactly navigator-friendly, but not horrible.
Human Evolution: A Look at our Ancestors - An ok site with some basic information on various hominids.
Human Evolution: Bipedalism - A site which goes over bipedalism and the constraints and morphology associated with it.
Human Evolution: The Fossil Evidence in 3D - A really nice site with five modern primate and five fossil crania in 3D Shockwave format. This site requires the Shockwave plugin. Nice!
Human Origins and Evolution Homebase - A website maintained by Dr. Jeanne Sept with a lot of good links, though many of them are outdated. A good site to look into at least once nonetheless.
Human Prehistory: An Exhibition - A nice site with some nice graphics, though it is hell to navigate or search, and does not have detailed information.
In Search of Neanderthals - Another site dedicated to Neanderthals.
James Q. Jacobs' Homepage - A site which mainly focuses on New World archaeology, but which has a great feature on "Paleoanthropology in the 1990's", with essays on debates over new fossil finds, and recent interpretations of theory.
Jeffrey K. McKee Home Page Jeff McKee's website, with some good information on a couple of South African sites (including the current digging at Taung) and some of his work. Not a lot of stuff there at the moment, but hopefully some more meatier content will avail itself.
Kow Swamp: A Counterpoint - A decent site, though haphazardly ordered, which describes the Kow Swamp material and refutes the contention of some that this material is Homo erectus.
Lagar Velho FAQ - A FAQ written by Erik Trinkaus and Joao Zilhao about the Lagar Velho find. It answers various questions about the material, their position, and answers some misconceptions. Take a look!
La préhistoire de l'Europe - A nice site on European prehistory, only catch is that it is in French. From what I was able to make out it seems like an ok site, but my French is terrible, so see for yourselves.
Lonely Islands: The Andamanese - A site which covers information on the Andaman Islands, a site of paleolithic human habitation.
Neandertals: A Cyber Perspective - A website which provides well-organized information on Neanderthals, with many good images of Neanderthal specimens.
Neanderthal Flute - A collection of arguments supporting the idea that a cave bear femur found at a Neanderthal site is an ancient musical instrument.
Neanderthal Heaven - A site dedicated to (wouldn't you know it?) Neanderthals.
Neanderthals and Modern Humans: A Regional Guide - A very nice site dealing with the Neanderthal/Moderns issues. Well organized, packed with information, and some visual aids. A must see!
Neanderthals 'R' We - A discussion of some of David Frayer's research and views on Neanderthal evolution and their place in our evolutionary history.
Old Stone Age - A great site by Harold Dibble and Sharron McPherron that gives information of research currently going on at some important sites in Europe and Egypt. Also has some archaeological software to download. Nice.
Origins and Evolution of Human Diet - A web site with information on the diet of humans through their evolution.
Origins of Humankind - Its back up and running again, hopefully it will get to be as great as it was before it went defunct. Check it out.
Palanth Forum - Message board that is a companion piece to the Palanth e-journal. Covers a wide range of topics relevant to human evolution and archaeology.
Piltdown Man - A very well organized collection of information on the famous Piltdown forgery.
Primate Info Net - A site affiliated with the Wisconsin Regional Primate Institute that gives information on primatology, and has a forum for individuals to ask questions and received informed answers. A nice site for you primatology needs.
Riverapes - Another aquatic ape site. Contains counterpoints as well as the particular "AAH" interests of the author, which is refreshing, and has an article on bipedality as an adaptation to wading.
Search for the First Human - A site from PBS dedicated to the Orrorin find with information from Pickford and Senut. A nice site.
Stone Age Habitats - A decent page with some basic information on claimed habitational structures from the Middle Pleistocene to the Upper Paleolithic.
Stone Age Hand-Axes - A decent site with some basic information on Pleistocene handaxes, and some nice photos to go along with the information.
Stone Age Reference Collection - A good site filled with a lot of information on stone tools and their analysis.
The Antiquity of Man - This website has some peripheral information relevant to human evolution, though it focuses on the archaeology of Egypt. Also has a pay only online course in human evolution for those interested.
The Aquatic Ape Theory of Human Evolution - A site dedicated to extending the AAT into the mainstream of paleoanthropology. Even if you are not interested in that, the site contains many excellent resources on primates and their evolution.
Development of the Genus Homo - Seems to be a slide-show presentation for an introductory course by G. Nielsen at BYU.
The eSkeletons Project - A great site that allows you to view 2D and 3D animations/photos of primate material and gather osteological information about them. Really nice site.
The Evolution of Man - A site with information on various hominids.
The Fossil Evidence for Human Evolution in China - An excellent site with information on Chinese hominids. One of the best paleoanthropology websites on the web.
The Human Origins Program - A nice site from the Smithsonian with some decent info.
The Life & Times of Early Man - A site which is more suited to giving children some basics of human evolution. Not a site for those looking for detailed information.
The Talk.Origins Archive - One of the top evolution resources on the web. Centers primarily on the creationist/evolution debate, but contains much information on issues related paleoanthropology.
Time-Space Chart of Hominid Fossils - A very nice site that lists many of the hominid fossils, who discovered them, and when, and some basic info. A real nice site.
Who Were the Neandertals - A small feature on Neanderthals, a good intro to the issues if you are starting from ground zero, but not that useful for most other individuals.

Active Paleoanthropology E-mail Groups

This is a list of e-mail message lists with some bearing on the topic of human evolution. You sign up for these groups, get e-mail messages, and discussion ensues. This is a great place to expand your horizons and become better acquainted with the issues as many individuals on these lists are professional anthropologists. If any links are not functioning properly, or if you know of a group to add to this list, please let me know by e-mail at dkreger@yahoo.com.

AAT@yahoogroups.com - An Aquatic Ape Hypothesis discussion list, mostly AAT supporters, with a few professors and skeptics to try and keep up with the rhetoric.
DNAanthro@yahoogroups.com - A group for higher level discussion of molecular anthropology with regard to sequencing robustness and issues related to human evolution.
EuropeanArchaeology@yahoogroups.com - This list deals with European archaeology from historic times down through the Early Paleolithic.
evolutionary-psychology@yahoogroups.com - A very large list that covers a wide range of topics that relate to evolutionary psychology.
forensics@yahoogroups.com - This list is for professional forensic scientists and prospective students. Discussion of methods, theories, application to graduate school, etc.
humanevolution@yahoogroups.com - This group is for discussion of physical anthropology with special emphasis on evolution/creationism debate.
language-origins@yahoogroups.com - A list which discusses such issues as the concept of an original "mother language", the origins of human speech, and linguistics in general.
ontheoriginofspecies@yahoogroups.com - A list for the discussion of evolutionary theory and related topics.
palanthsci@yahoogroups.com - A list that discusses the impact of paleoanthropology and archaeology on modern human society.
paleoanthro@yahoogroups.com - A less used forum, but one that is often more technical. Was started originally as a type of "journal club", with significant current articles posted in the files and discussed through and through.
paleoanthropology@yahoogroups.com - A very good list that covers a broad range of paleoanthropological issues including primatology.
sci.anthropology.paleo - A usenet group that covers human evolution topics. A list that often degenerates into name-calling and gets run over by net-loons, but is one of the older paleo discussion groups and it sometimes has good information.

Museums

This list is not intended to be exhaustive at this time, I am simply trying to get this page up so that it can start possibly being of use to somebody. Eventually, I hope to have a complete listing of museums with archaeological or paleoanthropological exhibits, however, for now though, this is all that I have. If you wish to suggest a museum, or have the web site address of one listed but not linked, let me know, and I'll add the information ASAP.

American Museum of Natural History
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Gibraltar Museum
National Museum of Natural History
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
The Hunterian Museum
The Natural History Museum, London
The Neanderthal Museum
University of California Museum of Paleontology
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Professional Societies

This list is not intended to be exhaustive at this time, I am simply trying to get this page up so that it can start possibly being of use to somebody. Eventually, I hope to have a description of each organization, contact information, costs for yearly membership (if applicable), and whether the organizations give out research grants. For now though, this is all that I have. If you wish to suggest an organization, or have the web site address of one listed but not linked, let me know, and I'll add the information ASAP.

Alaska Anthropological Association
American Academy of Forensic Sciences
American Anthropological Association
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Physical Anthropologists
American Ethnological Society
American Oriental Society
American Society of Human Genetics
American Society of Primatologists
The Anthropological Society of Nippon
Australian Archaeological Association
Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology
Biblical Archaeology Society
British Cave Research Association
British Columbia Association of Professional Consulting Archaeologists
California Academy of Sciences
Canadian Archaeological Association
Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology
The Canadian Society of Forensic Science
Council for British Archaeology
Council for Museum Anthropology
Croation Anthropological Society
Human Behavior and Evolution Society
Mediterranean Studies Association
Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference
Midwest Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology Association
National Association of Medical Examiners
Northeastern Anthropological Association
Paleoanthropology Society
Society for American Archaeology
The Society for Archaeological Sciences
Society for Historical Archaeology
Society for Latin American Anthropology
Society for Medical Anthropology
Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution
Society for Neuroscience
Society for Sedimentary Geology
Society for the Anthropology of Europe
Society of Primitive Technology

Research Organizations

This list is not intended to be exhaustive at this time, I am simply trying to get this page up so that it can start possibly being of use to somebody. Eventually, I hope to have a description of each organization, contact information, costs for yearly membership (if applicable), and whether the organizations give out research grants. For now though, this is all that I have. If you wish to suggest an organization, or have the web site address of one listed but not linked, let me know, and I'll add the information ASAP.

African Wildlife Foundation
American Indian Studies Research Institute
Anthropos Institute
Archaeological Institute of America
Australian Institute of Maritime Archaeology
Bonobo Protection Fund
Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology
California Regional Primate Research Center
Center for Evolutionary Psychology
Center for the Study of the First Americans
Centre de Recherches Archéologiques
CSU Archaeometric Laboratory
Duke University Primate Center
German Primate Center
The Gorilla Foundation
Great Ape Project
Illinois Genetic Algorithms Laboratory
Institute of Human Origins
International Primate Protection League
Jane Goodall Institute
The Leakey Foundation
Middle American Research Institute
National Geographic
National Science Foundation
New England Regional Primate Research Center
Orangutan Foundation International
Oregon Regional Primate Research Center
Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
Royal Anthropological Institute
Tulane Regional Primate Research Center
Washington Regional Primate Research Center
Wenner-Gren Foundation
Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Institute
World Society for the Protection of Animals
World Wildlife Fund
Yerkes Regional Primate Research Institute