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Human Odyssey

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This newly updated text chronicles a history of human evolution starting three and a half million years ago, when two upright figures walked together across the Laetoli desert in Tanzania, and their footsteps were captured forever in volcanic ash. Were these remarkable footprints made by one of our earliest ancestors, and what can they tell us about the human evolutionary ...more
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by MacMillan Publishing Company
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Barry
Mar 23, 2008 Barry added it
Shelves: science, evolution
Strangely, given my long-standing interest in the subject, this is the first book I have ever read on this topic.

Ian Tattersal is a curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The exhibit there called the Hall of Human Biology and Evolution is presented here in book form. It proceeds chronologically, first describing DNA and the five kingdoms of life. It then proceeds through vertebrates, mammals and primates before describing the fossils and what we know of the lifestyles of
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J.P.
Jan 03, 2013 J.P. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a decent book. I thought it would have a little more info in it than it did but that is explained mostly by the age of the book. There were still some arguments to be had about the ancestors of homo sapiens & hominids in general & I'm fairly certain new arguments are going now where others have been settled. It is a decent starting point if you have a basic understanding what evolution is & how it works. There is some good info in it but there is more to be said on the issue &am ...more
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