Really interesting and easy read. It's not my field, and it was written by someone not in the field; so I can't vouch for credibility, but decent foot...moreReally interesting and easy read. It's not my field, and it was written by someone not in the field; so I can't vouch for credibility, but decent footnotes make it easy to find original sources. I'm a firm believer in journalists and interested other geeks writing science for the masses - the more science out there, the better we all are. On to the book.
An easy read that drew me in from the first pages. I learned more about modern humankind and our ancestors in this book than I did in classes specically designed to teach this info years ago in university. My overarching inclination now is to throw that old picture of one human species quite literally following the last out of my brain. I sort of knew this, but the book makes it incredibly clear: human species have (and maybe still do) co-exist and interbreed and the whole book takes this as context to explaining how, despite some not-helpful traits, we ended up as the last (or latest?) ape standing.
Recommended for lay persons interested in this subject and those concerned about American school systems misunderstanding and maltreatment of evolution in today's schools.(less)