Recent scientific findings and research in the study of human origins and our biology, paleoanthropology, and primate research have reached a key threshold: we are increasingly able to trace the outlines and fill in the blanks of our evolutionary story that began 7 million years ago to the present, and understand the social and cultural processes that produced the world we live in now.
We are at an early moment in the education process—the recent science and research have not percolated into popular consciousness, or found application in centers of social influence. Our goal is to offer an accessible synthesis of these findings, and advance this material as a staple of education at all stages of life.
Deborah Barsky is a researcher at the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution and an associate professor at the Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona, Spain, with the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). She is the author of Human Prehistory: Exploring the Past to Understand the Future (Cambridge University Press, 2022).
Yann Perreau is a writer, educator and contemporary art curator. He has published several books with French publishers on climate, anonymity, and more. His articles have appeared in many publications, including Le Monde, the London Review of Books, the Nation, and the Washington Post. He has served as a cultural attaché for both the French Embassy in London and the French Consulate in Los Angeles. He holds an MPhil in art history from Paris’s EHESS.
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