The Human Odyssey: Four Million Years of Human Evolution

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Traces the path of human evolution from the simplest forms, through the development of primates, to the rise of modern humankind and highlights such topics as dating methods, fossil discoveries, and primitive toolmaking.

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Ian Tattersall received his Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University and has been a curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York since 1971 and chairman of the Department of Anthropology since 1990. His articles have appeared in Nature, Scientific American, Natural History, and other journals. His books include The Monkey in the Mirror and Becoming Human. He has hunted fossils and studied primates around the world, and in 1974, he discovered a new Lemur species in Madagascar, which was subsequently named Propithecus tattersalli. He lives in New York City.

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Intended as a companion volume to the newly opened Hall of Human Biology and Evolution at the American Museum of Natural History, this book stands well alone. Opening chapters survey life's diversity, highlight human biological systems, and define the place of humankind within the animal kingdom. Upon this foundation, Tattersall--a noted anthropologist and a curator at the museum--interweaves information on fossil finds, artifacts, climate, geology, biology, and sociology to create a vivid depiction of the evolution of primates into Homo sapiens. Current mainstream opinions, alternate views, and earlier theories are explained in a well-balanced fashion. The addition of top-quality photos, maps, charts, and artist's reconstructions makes for an inviting package accessible to both young adult and lay readers. The result is similar in scope and quality to Roger Lewin's In the Age of Mankind: A Smithsonian Book of Human Evolution ( LJ 12/88). Highly recommended for general collections.
- Frank Reiser, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, N.Y.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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