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High detail of early hominoid evolution,
This review is from: Seven Million Years: The Story of Human Evolution (Phoenix Press) (Paperback)
This book concentrates mainly on the earlier stages of human evolution, looking in considerable detail at the plethara of species in the 7-2 milion frame, and attempting to untangle the compex realtionship between them. The later elements following "out of africa II" are treated in much less detail. Personally, it is the earlier stages of process that most interests me, so this book was ideal for me.
It was very up to date, with inclusion of discoveries from the last few years e.g. in flores man, chad, and kenya etc.
Palmer is probably not as fluent a writer as some of his contempories, Leakey say. So this book is probably best for someone with a fairly serious interest in the topic.
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Initial post: 17 Mar 2008, 19:48:59 GMT
Ericaceous Sward says:
Fair comment, but I would disagree with your last paragraph. I think Palmer's style is lucid and coherent, and is less zealous and hyperbolic than Leakey's.
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