Publications

Books:

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Human Evolution & Ancient DNA (2018)

Charlotte Houldcroft & Simon Underdown

Routledge

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30 Second Anthropology  (2017)

Edited by Simon Underdown

Ivy Press

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Anthropology: A Beginner’s Guide (2013)

By Joy Hendry and Simon Underdown

One World Books, Oxford.

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Introductory Readings in Anthropology (2013)

Edited by Hilary Callan, Brian Street and Simon Underdown

Berghahn Books.

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Papers:

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Pimenoff, V.N., Houldcroft, C.J., Rifkin, R.F. & Underdown, S.J. (2018)

The Role of aDNA in Understanding the Coevolutionary Patterns of Human Sexually Transmitted Infections

Genes 2018, 9(7), 317; 

doi:10.3390/genes9070317

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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, Volume 3, Issue 2, 1 July 2017, vex026, 

https://doi.org/10.1093/ve/vex026

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OUP  Blog on Virus Evolution Paper: https://blog.oup.com/2017/11/herpes-human-evolution/

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

Human Biology of Migration

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

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03014460.2017.1352186

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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.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03014460.2017.1325515

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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

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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.

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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

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

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

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/017343

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

Biological Anthropology in the JRAI, then and now.

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

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1467-9655/homepage/VirtualIssuesPage.html

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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.

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Underdown, S.J. (2011)

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Underdown, S.J. (2008)

A Potential Role for Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies in Neanderthal Extinction

Medical Hypotheses, 71, pp 4-7.

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Underdown, S.J. (2006)

How the word ‘hominid’ evolved to include hominin

Nature 444, 680, 07 Dec 2006.

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Underdown, S. J. (2006)

A comparative approach to understanding Neanderthal trauma

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

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

The Neanderthals: a social synthesis

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

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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.

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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

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Book Chapters

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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).

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Newspaper Articles

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Underdown, S.J. (2010)

Teach the bigger story of science

Guardian Unlimited, 17/02/10

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Underdown, S.J. (2009)

The misuses of Darwin

Guardian Unlimited, 12/11/09

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Underdown, S.J. (2008)

The evolution will be televised

Guardian Unlimited, 08/10/08

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Underdown, S.J. (2008)

Evolving a belief in God

Guardian Unlimited, 09/06/08

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Underdown, S.J. (2007)

Race against time

Guardian Unlimited, 12/12/07

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Underdown, S.J. (2007)

An evolving tale

Guardian Unlimited, 03/04/07

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Underdown, S.J. (2007)

Dem bones

Guardian Unlimited, 07/03/07

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Underdown, S.J. (2007)

Survival of the thickest

Guardian Unlimited, 24/01/07

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Book Reviews

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Underdown, S.J. (2017)

Darwin and the Making of Sexual Selection, by Evelleen Richards

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

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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

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Underdown, S.J. (2016)

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

Times Higher Education, 13/10/16

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Underdown, S.J. (2016)

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

Times Higher Education, 14/07/16

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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

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Underdown, S.J.(2015)

The Global Prehistory of Human Migration, Edited by Peter Bellwood 

Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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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

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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

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2015.03.001

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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

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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

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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

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Underdown, S.J. (2014)

The Meaning of Human Existence By Edward O. Wilson

Times Higher Education, 04/12/14

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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

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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.

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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

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Underdown, S.J. (2014)

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

Times Higher Education, 03/04/14

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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

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Underdown, S.J. (2013)

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

Times Higher Education, 09/05/13

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Underdown, S.J. (2011)

Social Anthropology and Human Origins by Alan Barnard

Times Higher Education 14/04/11

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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

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Underdown, S.J. (2009)

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

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

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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

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Underdown, S.J. (2005)

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

History Today, 55 (7) pp64, July 2005

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Underdown, S.J. (2004)

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

Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, 2004

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Posters:

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Abstracts:

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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)

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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)

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Underdown, S.J. (2004)

A Comparison of Neanderthal and Selk’nam trauma. 

Annals of Human Biology 31 (1) 115.