Yves Coppens

Preambles Man's First Steps Publication date : February 1, 2001

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 paleo-anthropology, a science whose spectacular advances cast a new light both on the origins of civilisation and on some of the more urgent issues facing humanity today.

This book is an excellent introduction to the life sciences. The essays cover a wide range of subjects, ranging from a study of the evolutionary process during the past 30 million years to an analysis of the role of science in contemporary society.

'It makes us dream while keeping our feet on the ground' Sciences Humaines
'A fascinating book.'Sciences et Avenir
'Everything is clear, enriching and welcoming.'L'Humanité
'A fascinating guided tour to the sciences of Man.' Sciences

Yves Coppens holds the chair of paleo-anthropology and prehistory at the Collège de France. He is member of the French Academy of Science and the author of Le Singe, l'Afrique et l'Homme and Le Genou de Lucy.