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A highly entertaining yet informed account,
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This review is from: Born in Africa: The Quest for the Origins of Human Life (Hardcover)
Born in Africa by Martin Meredith covers well-trodden ground but it does so in a highly engaging way. The story of anthropological discoveries over the last century is a fascinating one made all the more so by the author's literary style. Events are explained with a journalistic flair and the story rollicks along. The fallibilities of human behaviour amongst Palaeontologists, Paleoanthropologists, Palaebiologists, and so on, are fully exposed: dirty tricks, spitefulness and bitter hatred are just a few of the charming qualities displayed by some of the pivotal protagonists. Yet much of the new knowledge was down to the work of these mavericks who usually struggled against the intransigence of the established academic community. But in the end new theories were accepted only then to be overturned by yet more new discoveries as our understanding of our own evolution became more complex and a great deal more interesting. Highly recommended for anyone seeking an entertaining, yet informed, account of a fascinating story - and covered in just under 200 pages!