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Missing Links: In Search of Human Origins

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This is the story of the search for humanity's origins--from the Middle Ages, when questions of the earth's antiquity first began to arise, through to the latest genetic discoveries that show the interrelatedness of all living creatures.
Central to the story is the part played by fossils--first, in establishing the age of the Earth; then, following Darwin, in the pursuit o
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Hardcover, 538 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 1982)
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Monty Milne
May 15, 2015 Monty Milne rated it really liked it
At first, this book annoyed me...it begins with an account of the execution of King Charles I...what on earth has this got to do with the "search for human origins"!? Eventually, I finally realised what the author was driving at in his annoyingly discursive introduction: the King's execution served to introduce his contemporary Archbishop James Ussher, famous for dating the Creation to 4004 BC, which in turn serves to bring us an extended musing on time and place as a framework for what ...more
Elentarri
Feb 13, 2014 Elentarri rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. The book reads like an adventure story with science bits. Not overly simplified and not bogged down in scientific facts/terminology. Not confusing, which is surprising when you consider the convoluted nature of hominid evolution extrapolated on minimal fossil evidence. Excellent (and amusing) chapter on Piltdown Man.

Well put-together, hard cover book, with thick, glossy pages and beautiful, full-page, colour photographs throughout.

I liked this book a great deal more than Mas
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Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
This book is largely a complete rewrite of a similarly titled book that Reader first published in 1981. This lavishly illustrated book is an excellent and comprehensive survey of the history behind the search for our human origins. Mr. Reader guides the reader through the first early discoveries and interpretations of the fossils and artifacts that led the great thinkers of the 18th and 19th centuries to begin pondering our origins. From the mid-19th century on, as many of you are aware, things ...more
Alex Telander
Apr 25, 2012 Alex Telander rated it really liked it
Missing Links was first published in 1981 and caused quite a sensation then with its findings and information, providing an in-depth and chronological coverage of our ancestry spanning millions of years. In this new edition, John Reader has essentially written a whole new book, building on the old edition, updating and providing even more information to make Missing Links so very new and fascinating. John Reader’s work as a writer and photographer for more than fifty years, crossing the globe in ...more
Royce Ratterman
Feb 07, 2016 Royce Ratterman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most books are rated related to their usefulness and contributions to my research.
Overall, a good book for the researcher and enthusiast.
Read for personal research
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An author and photojournalist with more than forty years' professional experience. He holds an Honorary Research Fellowship in the Department of Anthropology at U.C.L.
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