CCAS Professor Has New Book Out

Bernard Wood has a long-standing interest in primate comparative anatomy and the history of primate comparative anatomy.

May 10, 2024

Bernard Wood

Bernard Wood

Bernard Wood, a professor of human origins at George Washington University’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, has a new book coming out titled, “Primates in History, Myth, Art and Science.” The book, co-edited with Cecilia Veracini, is being published by Routledge.

The book explores the role of non-human primates in human societies, particularly in regions where modern humans and primates co-exist. Primates appear in myths, legends and indigenous knowledge. The book integrates these perspectives to illustrate how primates have contributed to humans' understanding of nature. It's suitable for undergraduate and graduate students as well as scholars in disciplines ranging from anthropology to art history.

Before working at GW, Wood was a professor of anatomy at the University of London and a professor of anatomy at the University of Liverpool. Wood is the co-author of research articles on many aspects of comparative anatomy, and the author, or co-author, of 20 books, including, “Food Acquisition and Processing in Primates” and “Major Topics in Primate and Human Evolution.”