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In the Footsteps of Eve: The Mystery of Human Origins (Adventure Press)

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A dramatic, illustrated study of the mysteries of human genesis traces the origins and evolution of humankind, documenting the discovery of the 117,000-year-old fossilized footprints of a modern female human in South Africa and assessing the implications of this find on determining how, when, and wh
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 1st 2001 by National Geographic (first published June 1st 2000)
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Occasionally interesting book that gives insight into the day-to-day life of a paleoanthropologist, looking at the challenges of piecing together the past and the thrill of making new discoveries. There's also a fair amount of dishy gossip about some of the big names among African paleoanthropologists. I suspect that the more you already know about this subject and the people involved, the more you'll enjoy this book. For me... eh. This is a subject that I have some interest in, but not enough, ...more
Gerald Thomson
Jul 23, 2012 Gerald Thomson rated it really liked it
Berger, a paleoanthropologist working in South Africa, provides an amazingly honest history of the fossil records found in Africa in support of the evolution of man. It is all here: the gaps, the egos, the deceptions. I have been looking for a book that would simply state what was known about human evolution, not trying to persuade the reader one way or the other about how irrefutable the facts are. The author assumes there is enough evidence to back human evolution, though he does believe the m ...more
Jul 10, 2012 Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-sciences
I feel that I have to give this book 2 stars instead of three for two main reasons, one of which is not the author's fault. The edition that I just finished reading, which was a first edition hardcover, had a great many editing and printing errors, which really detracted from my ability to enjoy the text. This is not the author's fault, I understand that, but frankly I would've expected more from a book published by the National Geographic Society. I only hope that they've fixed the errors in su ...more
Jan 28, 2013 Kristin rated it did not like it
Shelves: science
The book itself was an interesting look at paleoanthropology in South Africa. Unfortunately, this is probably the most poorly edited book I've ever come across - apart from plenty of glaring typos, sentences at the bottom of one page are repeated at the top of another, not once but every few pages. The second-to-last chapter, where the author is drawing his ideas together in what seems to be an important conclusion, ends with an incomplete sentence - I turned the page to read the rest and found ...more
Ansie de Swardt
I enjoyed this book very much, and found that bits read more like a novel than anything else. The early days of Berger's career in South Africa is very pertinent and interesting in the light of his team's recent discoveries and publications.
I do agree with some reviewers that it is one of the worst edited books I have ever read. All the points of criticism hold. It is as though an early draft got published by accident.
I do recommend it freely though.
Aug 14, 2011 Janet rated it it was ok
I just started this book. The first chapter was very good. The secind chapter was pretty much an autobiography. It was interesting how Berger started his career, but that is not what I want to read about. I want ot know more about the Mystery of Human Origins. I am into chapter 3 now and it has gone back to the history of homo sapiens sapiens. I will keep reading and let you know how the book turns out.
Oct 18, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthropology
This book tells the story of Astrlopithicus in South Africa. It is full of anthropology, science, colorful imaginings of prehumans, and the backstabbing world of science. Worth a read.
Jan 10, 2009 Catherine rated it liked it
another professor. obviously tilted towards his own interpretation of early human origins, but still interesting
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Oct 27, 2015 Kevin R rated it liked it
Need a good editor!
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