Ciochon, Russell L., and John G. Fleagle. Primate Evolution and Human Origins. New York: Aldine de Gruyter, 1987. An anthology of important articles in the field.
Darwin, Charles. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection and The Descent of Man. New York: The Modern Library, no date.
Gish, Duane Tolbert. Evolution: The Challenge of the Fossil Record. El Cajon, CA: Creation-Life Publishers, 1985. One of the classic young-earth creationist works.
Gowlett, John A. J. Ascent to Civilization: The Archaeology of Early Man. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984.
Johanson, Donald, and Maitland Edey. Lucy: The Beginnings of Mankind. New York: Warner Books, 1982. An excellent layman's presentation of the Lucy finds and the methods associated with paleoanthropology.
Johanson, Donald, Lenora Johanson, and Blake Edgar. Ancestors: In Search of Human Origins. New York: Villard Books, 1994. Companion volume to the NOVA miniseries of the same title.
Jones, Steve, Robert Martin, and David Pilbeam. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1992. An important secular reference work which openly states its bias: ìCreationists continue to play on the credibility of those who will listen, and will no doubt continue to force their views onto children who lack the information needed to refute them. Perhaps this encyclopedia will help to convince its readers that, although there is disagreement about the details of how it took place, the evidence for the fact of human evolution is overwhelmingî (page 15, sidebar by Jones).
Leakey, Richard, and Roger Lewin. Origins Reconsidered: In Search of What Makes Us Human. New York: Anchor Books, Doubleday, 1993. Autobiographical; focuses on the Turkana boy discovery and contemporary issues in modern origins.
Lewin, Roger. Thread of Life: The Smithsonian Looks at Evolution. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books, 1982. Excellent narrative and illustrations.
Lewin, Roger. In the Age of Mankind. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books, 1988. As usual, excellent narrative and illustrations. Virtually anything with Lewin's name on it is readable and balanced (for a secular writer).
Lewin, Roger. The Origin of Modern Humans. New York: Scientific American Library, 1993. Focuses on the debate between the multi-regional and replacement models.
Lubenow, Marvin L. Bones of Contention: A Creationist Assessment of the Human Fossils. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1992. One of the better critical Christian appraisals of the hominid fossil evidence.
Nitecki, Matthew H., and Doris V. Nitecki, editors. Origins of Anatomically Modern Humans. New York: Plenum Press, 1994. Papers from a symposium held in Chicago on May 11, 1991, focusing on the multi-regional and replacement models.
Poirier, Frank E. Understanding Human Evolution. Third edition. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1993. Concise (330 pages) textbook covering the entire field, with extensive bibliography. An excellent resource for those interested in a broad technical background on most secular aspects of the origins question.
Tattersall, Ian and Jeffrey H. Schwartz. Extinct Humans. New York: Nevaumont Publishing, 2000. A good secular descriptive account of human origins. Contains some of the best hominid fossil large color photographs available.