on 24 June 2001
This book covers the complete evolution and development of tracking from the first hunter-gathers to today's hunter-trackers. In his explanations and discussion of tracking Mr. Liebenberg touches on and covers a wide range and field of topics; botany, zoology, anthropology, paleontology, and archaeology to name but a few areas. He explains his theories that the art of tracking may present a crucial step in the transition of early man to modern man. His work is not only backed up by his years of tracking and research but also by his many years of studying and living with primitive tribes; like the Kalahari hunters. I found this book to be the definitive text on tracking; this book puts all the other works of tracking into perspective and provides added insight to this science. The book in its presentation is geared toward the Africa but as we know as trackers the fundamentals and principles are the same were ever you are. So weather you are naturalist, search&rescue, law enforcement or a military tracker, the information presented in this text will enhance your overall knowledge of tracking; man or beast. If this book goes out of print do your self a favor and track down a used copy, it will be well worth your time and effort.
I provided a copy of the contents:
Introduction-- Part I: The Evolution of Hunter-Gatherer Subsistence-- 1. Hominid Evolution 2. The Evolution of Hominid Subsistence 3. The Evolution of Tracking 4. The Origin of Science and Art--
Part II: Hunter-Gatherers of the Kalahari-- 1. Hunter-Gatherer Subsistence 2. Science Knowledge of Spoor and Animal Behavior 3. Non-scientific Aspects of Hunting-- Part III: The Fundamentals of Tracking-- 1. Principles of Tracking 2. Classification of signs 3. Spoor Interpretation 4. Scientific Research Programmers-- References-- Index