Human Evolution & Ancient DNA (2018)

Charlotte Houldcroft & Simon Underdown



30 Second Anthropology  (2017)

Edited by Simon Underdown

Ivy Press


Anthropology: A Beginner’s Guide (2013)

By Joy Hendry and Simon Underdown

One World Books, Oxford.


Introductory Readings in Anthropology (2013)

Edited by Hilary Callan, Brian Street and Simon Underdown

Berghahn Books.




Underdown, S.J., Kumar, K. & Houldcroft, C.J. (2017)

Network analysis of the hominin origin of Herpes Simplex virus 2 from fossil data

Virus Evolution,  In Press


Velduis, D. & Underdown, S.J. (2017)

Human Biology of Migration

Annals of Human Biology Volume 44, No. 5, pp393-396. 


Houldcroft, C.J., Rifkin, R., Ramond, J.B. & Underdown, S.J. (2017)

Migrating microbes: What pathogens can tell us about population movements and human evolution

Annals of Human Biology Volume 44 No. 5, pp397-407. 


Underdown, S.J . & Smith, S.J. (In Press)

Lifting the Gloomy Curtain of Time Past: Tracing the Identity of the First Cognitively Modern Hominin in Deep History

Royal Anthropological Institute Special Issue: edited by Robin Dunbar


Houldcroft, C.J. & Underdown, S.J. (2016)

Neanderthal Genomics Suggests a Pleistocene Time Frame for the First Epidemiologic Transition.

American Journal of Physical Anthropology

Volume 160, Issue 3. pp379-388.


Underdown, S.J . & Oppenheimer, S. (2015)

Do Patterns of Covariation between human pelvis shape, stature, and head size alleviate the obstetric dilemma?

PNAS 2016 113 (3) E258


Houldcroft, C.J. & Underdown, S.J. (2015)

Neanderthal Genomics Suggests a Pleistocene Time Frame for the First Epidemiologic Transition



Underdown, S.J. (Editor) (2014)

Biological Anthropology in the JRAI, then and now.

Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Special Issue. November 2014. 


Underdown, S.J. (2012)

Fitzroy’s Fighting Fuegians: Comparison of Palaeopathological and Ethnographic Indications of Fighting Behaviour in an Extinct Human Population.

International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 22:3, pp373-378.


Underdown, S.J. (2011)

Clues in the bones - The Impact of Diseases on the Human Skeleton

Biological Sciences Review,  23 (3) pp 2-5.


Priston, N.E.C. & Underdown, S.J. (2009)

A Simple Method for Calculating the Likelihood Crop Damage by Primates: An Epidemiological Approach

International Journal of Pest Management, 55 (1) , pp 51-56.


Underdown, S.J.,  Walkington, H.,  Parker, A.G.

& Underdown, J.N. (2008)

Preliminary Report on Palaeolithic Surface Sites in the Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah, UAE

Bulletin of The Society for Arabian Studies, 13, pp 23-24.


Underdown, S.J. (2008)

A Potential Role for Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies in Neanderthal Extinction

Medical Hypotheses, 71, pp 4-7.


Underdown, S.J. (2006)

How the word ‘hominid’ evolved to include hominin

Nature 444, 680, 07 Dec 2006.


Underdown, S. J. (2006)

A comparative approach to understanding Neanderthal trauma

Periodicum Biologorum, 108 (4) August 2006, pp 485-493.


Davies, R. & Underdown, S. J. (2006)

The Neanderthals: a social synthesis

Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 16 (2):June 2006, pp 145-164.


G.A. Clark, R. Davies & S. J. Underdown. (2006)

Some Observations on ‘The Neanderthals: a Social Synthesis’ with a response from Davies & Underdown.  Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 16 (03): October 2006, pp 349-351.


Underdown, S.J. (2006)

Teaching Evolution to the Converted

Oxford Brookes Teaching News: News & Good Practice in Learning, Teaching and Assessment.  Semester 2, 2005/06



Book Chapters 


Parker, A.G. & Underdown, S.J.

Pleistocene Britain

In: Parker, A.G. (Eds), The Physical Geography of the British Isles, Oxford University Press (In Press).



Newspaper Articles 


Underdown, S.J. (2010)

Teach the bigger story of science

Guardian Unlimited, 17/02/10


Underdown, S.J. (2009)

The misuses of Darwin

Guardian Unlimited, 12/11/09


Underdown, S.J. (2008)

The evolution will be televised

Guardian Unlimited, 08/10/08


Underdown, S.J. (2008)

Evolving a belief in God

Guardian Unlimited, 09/06/08


Underdown, S.J. (2007)

Race against time

Guardian Unlimited, 12/12/07


Underdown, S.J. (2007)

An evolving tale

Guardian Unlimited, 03/04/07


Underdown, S.J. (2007)

Dem bones

Guardian Unlimited, 07/03/07


Underdown, S.J. (2007)

Survival of the thickest

Guardian Unlimited, 24/01/07



Book Reviews 


Underdown, S.J. (2017)

Darwin and the Making of Sexual Selection, by Evelleen Richards

Times Higher Education, Book of the Week, 23/02/17


Underdown, S.J. (2017)

The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium: An Essay in Natural History, by Juan Pimentel

Times Higher Education, Book of the Week, 09/02/17


Underdown, S.J. (2016)

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, by Yuval Noah Harari

Times Higher Education, 13/10/16


Underdown, S.J. (2016)

Home: How Habitat Made Us Human, by John S. Allen

Times Higher Education, 14/07/16


Underdown, S.J. (2016)

The Real Planet of the Apes: A New Story of Human Origins, by David R. Begun

Times Higher Education, 07/01/16


Underdown, S.J.(2015)

The Global Prehistory of Human Migration, Edited by Peter Bellwood

Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute


Underdown, S.J. (2015)

The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack and Other Cautionary Tales from Human Evolution, by Ian Tattersall

Times Higher Education, Book of the Week, 30/07/15


Underdown, S.J. (2015)

The Brain: Big Bangs, Behaviors and Beliefs, by Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall

Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 30, Issue 5, p239, May 2015



Underdown, S.J. (2015)

The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction, by Pat Shipman

Times Higher Education, Book of the Week, 23/04/15


Underdown, S.J. (2015)

Eternal Ephemera: Adaptation and the Origin of Species from the Nineteenth Century Through Punctuated Equilibria and Beyond, by Niles Eldredge

Times Higher Education, 12/03/15


Underdown, S.J. (2015)

Huxley’s Church & Maxwell’s Demon: From Theistic Science to Naturalistic Science, by Matthew Stanley

Times Higher Education, 05/02/15


Underdown, S.J. (2014)

The Meaning of Human Existence By Edward O. Wilson

Times Higher Education, 04/12/14


Underdown, S.J. (2014)

Thinking Big: How the Evolution of Social Life Shaped the Human Mind, by Clive Gamble, John Gowlett and Robin Dunbar

Times Higher Education, 18/09/14


Underdown, S.J. (2014)

Human Evolution Lite

Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live by Marlene Zuk

BioScience, 64(9), pp359, Sept 2014.


Underdown, S.J. (2014)

Political Descent: Malthus, Mutualism, and the Politics of Evolution in Victorian England, by Piers J. Hale

Times Higher Education, 31/07/14


Underdown, S.J. (2014)

Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes, by Svante Pääbo

Times Higher Education, 03/04/14


Underdown, S.J. (2013)

Trying Biology: The Scopes Trial, Textbooks, and the Antievolution Movement in American Schools by Adam R. Shapiro

Times Higher Education, 04/07/13


Underdown, S.J. (2013)

Darwin Deleted: Imagining a World Without Darwin by Peter J. Bowler

Times Higher Education, 09/05/13


Underdown, S.J. (2011)

Social Anthropology and Human Origins by Alan Barnard

Times Higher Education 14/04/11


Underdown, S.J. (2009)

Charles Darwin’s Notebooks from the Voyage of the Beagle, edited by Gordon Chancellor and John van Wyhe (2009).

Times Higher Education, 22/10/09, pp 52


Underdown, S.J. (2009)

The Pure Society: From Darwin to Hitler by André Pichot (2009).

Times Higher Education, 27/08/09, pp 46


Underdown, S.J. (2008)

The World from Beginnings to 4000 BCE (The New Oxford World History) by Ian Tattersall (2008).

Times Higher Education, 22/05/08, pp 46-47


Underdown, S.J. (2005)

The complete world of human evolution by Stringer & Andrews (2005).

History Today, 55 (7) pp64, July 2005


Underdown, S.J. (2004)

Les Neandertaliens de La Chaise by Susan Condemi (2001).

Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 2004








Underdown, S.J. & Houldcroft, C.J. (2015)

Neanderthal Genomics Suggests a Pleistocene Time Frame for the First Epidemiologic Transition

Proceedings of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution 4 (225)


Underdown, S.J. (2004)

Freezing, Fighting and Falling; an exploration of trauma causality in the Neanderthals, Fuegians, Eskimo and Aleut.  

American Journal of Physical Anthropology 123 (S38)


Underdown, S.J. (2004)

A Comparison of Neanderthal and Selk’nam trauma.

Annals of Human Biology 31 (1) 115.