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The Making of Mankind

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A comprehensive survey of the fields that deal with human prehistory explains the techniques used in the study of the life, appearance, and evolution of human and prehuman ancestors
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published 1981 by Michael Joseph Limited
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Ross Morgan
Any tour involving the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater inevitably includes a visit to Olduvai Gorge. This sometimes sparks an interest in archaeology and anthropology followed by some research back home. To paraphrase Leaky – where do we come from? The need to understand ourselves, to discover the truth about our past, is a basic human characteristic. The book covers many sites throughout Africa and is quite technical in places, it provides interesting information on excavations at Olduvai and r ...more
Marco Valois
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From my readings of this his book came me too many questions. Not of them yet being answered. I appreciated so much Leakey's field researches as well as his brilliant discoveries since comparing to the evolution of the species. The African and the world bioma came to be as important as the reading rushed to my knowledgements. Therefore, the ideas and hipothesis which came from my readings helped me to formulate and to well understand, not just the living beings, but the earth environment by itse ...more
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I must have read this book at least six times. Some find it very texty, but really, if you are interested in what someone is saying, you wouldn't call it that.

I like the way the sequence of human evolution is presented with accompanying illustrations, explanations and theories. I'm in no way a scientifically-minded person but I found that it was very readable. Jargon is at a minimum, and in fact the impression I had throughout my reading is that I was being taught by a patient and organized teac
Nov 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
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A bit outdated now but very interesting reading. Lots of great information, although there is a lot of speculation.
Martin Hernandez
La mejor relación de los hechos y descubrimientos sobre la evolución de la raza humana hasta 1980. Muy interesante y accesible.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Leakey's storytelling style makes this an enjoyable as well as an informative read about the development of 'homo sapiens sapiens.' ...more
William Kilner
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A book about the archeology / anthropology of early humans that ends with a chapter on human aggression and the final line 'The choice is ours' - that's worth four stars to me.
I liked how the author talks about human aggression - it's not some innate aspect of 'human nature'. He argues against the 'killer-ape' view of human nature, based on an interpretation of archeological evidence - remains of early hominids thought to have died from wounds inflicted by members of the same species.
He looks
Neil Aplin
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow - just brilliant! Of course it is out of date, but then all textbooks on paleoanthropology are out of date by the time they are published as this field of research is so dynamic, with new discoveries being made every week, that usually these new discoveries have a significant impact across the discipline. This makes the study of human ancestry so exciting, and such a great area of research to go into, as we are learning new things about our ancient ancestors all the time.

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Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After near forty years this book cannot help but be a little outdated, yet it comes from a time when the rigours of modern scientific enquiry and the discoveries by then made had laid down the fundamental theories and ideas about human evolution that still stand today. Allowing, therefore, that you may afterwards wish to catch up on the latest developments, this book provides an excellent introduction to the subject. Clear, lucid, and intelligently presented to a general audience, and well suppo ...more
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Richard Erskine Frere Leakey is a paleoanthropologist and conservationist. He is second of the three sons of the archaeologists Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey, and is the younger brother of Colin Leakey.

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