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A STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL BOOK
on April 13, 2012
This is a stunningly beautiful book on the evolution of man. If it was possible, I would have given it 10 stars instead of 5. A 10" x 12" coffee table book of 256 pages, it is lavished with literally hundreds of full color photographs, maps, charts and depictions on every single page. Many are full page. The story begins with a broad history of evolution dating back some 200 million years, then advances to the earliest human fossils called hominins. Nearly 20 species are, in detail, described. Then methods are described how hominins are reconstructed, using forensic techniques, from mere bits of scattered bone to creatures with flesh and hair on them. Full page photographs are sooooo life like, you can almost smell their bad breath. The book goes on to show the routes of probable migration and the arrival of modern man. Some of the earliest sites of advanced culture are splendidly depicted, like the newly discovered site, Gobekli Tepe and various other stone megalithic sites in europe. This book will keep you spell bound for hours. I can't imagine anyone even remotely interested in human evolution not to be impressed with this volume. It could alone, inspire many young students to become paleoanthropologists. DK books are reknown for their wonderful photographs and representations, but in this volume, they have outdone themselves. And for $16, it's an absolute steal.