Yves Coppens

Pre-Ambles Publication date : October 8, 2009

What is the origin of humanity? What did our earliest ancestors look like? When did human beings take their first steps?In a series of short essays, Yves Coppens illustrates the significance of the study of palaeoanthropology, a science whose spectacular advances have cast a new light both on the origins of civilisation and on some of the more urgent issues facing humanity today.

“A fascinating book.” Sciences et Avenir

“Everything is clear, enriching and welcoming.” L'Humanité

Yves Coppens is notably the author of the highly successful Le Genou de Lucy (1999). He held the chair of palaeoanthropology and prehistory at the Collège de France from 1983 to 2005. He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and of the Academy of Medicine. His other works include Le Présent du passé (2009), Yves Coppens raconte l'Homme (2008) and L'Histoire de l'homme (2008).