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Reconstructing Human Origins: A Modern…

Reconstructing Human Origins: A Modern Synthesis

by Glenn C. Conroy

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I love Paleoanthropolgy, so this was the book for me. The only downside is that I had a limited time to read it and thus couldn't spend much time thinking about what I was reading - although if Paleoanthropolgy was the only course I was taking, that would be a different story. The chapters are long, the book is long (especially when you read it cover to cover for your class), but it has some great information. Lots of lists of skeletal traits so if you're not into osteology and comparative skeletal anatomy, then this is certainly not the book for you. Even I got bogged down a little with all the terms. But it IS very comprehensive. Not a book if you want basics on human evolution, but certainly one if you want the details of why one hominin is more often thought a direct ancestor than another, etc. What the book really explains is that Paleoanthropolgy is very subjective, and we don’t have all the answers. Not by a long shot. But we do know a lot more than we used to. ( )
  Kassilem | Nov 16, 2013 |
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The field of paleoanthropology has undergone tremendous change and growth since the 1970s. This book is a synthesis of the many areas of research in this field, examining all aspects of the fossil record - paleoecological, morphological and archaeological - to throw light on the process of human evolution from our primate ancestors to modern humans. Each chapter begins with an outline of the material that will be discussed, and an introductory section which presents an important issue to be investigated within the chapter. In-text highlighted boxes summarize text material for quick reference or to explore a particular issue in more detail. The text is copiously illustrated with photographs, graphs and line drawings.

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