Christopher Heard's Reviews > Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors

Before the Dawn by Nicholas Wade
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Sep 13, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: anyone interested in the evolutionary history of humanity
Read in September, 2007

I learned so much from this book that I don't even know where to begin. N. Wade is a science journalist, not a scientist, but he sure seems to have done his homework and to be reporting the facts straight. On issues where there are real controversies (in attempts to reconstruct prehistoric languages, for example), he seems to give a fair and balanced hearing to all comers. I got this book in audio format from, and there's nothing quite like learning more about hominid evolution while you mow the front lawn. I gave the book four stars instead of five only because it seemed a bit repetitive or too-drawn-out in more than one of its many interesting discussions.

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