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4.0 out of 5 stars A book full of magnificent illustrations, 15 May 2013
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This review is from: Evolution The Human Story (Hardcover)
The illustrations showing what prehistoric man looked like
are fantastic, based as they are, upon the ancient skulls
and bones that have been found. The only drawback is
that the accompanying text has been divided into a large
number of boxes – magazine style. This makes it the ideal
coffee table book about human evolution. This is the kind
of book that is the ideal present for friends you'd like to see
becoming interested in this fascinating field of study, that has
been opening up during the last 30 years. It is also a nice
book to accompany the various DVDs that deal with the topic,
such as “Origins of Us” or “Journey of Man”. But the many text
snippets (boxes with scattered pictures and maps) will surely
guarantee that this is a book that will never be read in its
entirety. For a cohesive account of human evolution during
the past 6 or 7 million years, you will need to consult one of the
many text-based books on the topic, of which quite a few are
available by such authors as Chris Stringer, Stephen Oppenheimer,
Spencer Wells or Bryan Sykes. In particular the last of these
makes for interesting reading with his bestselling “The Seven
Daughters of Eve”. I give it one less than five stars, due to the
scattered text fragments.
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