- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Phoenix (June 1 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753820846
- ISBN-13: 978-0753820841
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 281 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,677,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Seven Million Years: The Story of Human Evolution Paperback – May 1 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Comprehensive, up-to-date and exceedingly well-written, the newest from science writer Palmer (The Neanderthal) is a fascinating overview of research into human evolution, covering the entire history of the field and including contemporary studies of primatology, paleoecology and human genetics. With an exemplary knowledge of the rapidly changing field of human evolution and physical anthropology, Palmer details every aspect of the history of primate paleontology and present-day, highly-specialized work in climatology, taphonomy and genomics in language suitable for just about anyone. Palmer compares "mapping out the course of human evolution" to "putting together a very difficult jigsaw puzzle," and his informed guidance takes readers piece-by-piece through the complexities of the research itself, as well as the politics and personalities behind it. Each chapter includes thorough bibliographic citations as well as a well-chosen list of recommended reading. Clear writing, seamless transitions from topic to topic, even-handed presentation of even the most controversial material and clever illustrations all combine to produce a book worthy of recommendation to anyone wishing to understand the broad and continuously changing field of human evolution.
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About the Author
Douglas Palmer is a science writer and lecturer. He is the author of Neanderthal, which accompanied the acclaimed Channel 4 TV series, as well as two other books on fossil prehistory. He is also a regular contributor to a variety of publications including the Financial Times, The Guardian, Science, Nature and Focus Magazine.
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If you have a beginning interest in how "we" got here, I recommend you start with this book. I would purchase it again if there was a Kindle edition!