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4. Uncovering our Origins: Monkeys, Apes and ‘Primitive Man’ – and how Darwin got it wrong

The Descent of Man would forever change the way we thought about ourselves and where we come from – but how accurate was Darwin in his ideas about human evolution? Professor Robert Foley, Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies explores how 19th-century society viewed ideas of ‘early man’, and reveals how far our knowledge has progressed since Darwin sketched his ‘evolutionary tree’.

Published: 30 Jun 2009

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