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Reconstructing Human Origins: A Modern Synthesis (Third Edition) Paperback – February 13, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0393912890 ISBN-10: 0393912892 Edition: Third Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Third Edition edition (February 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393912892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393912890
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glenn C. Conroy (Ph.D. Yale University) has served as Course Master of Human Anatomy and Development in the Medical School at Washington University, where he is professor of anatomy and anthropology. His research analyzes paleontological evidence for primate evolution, particularly over the past 15 million years of Earth history. Of particular interest is the time period between 15-5 mya, the temporal framework within which humans and African apes diverged. His research team in Namibia has discovered the first Miocene hominoid ever found in sub-equatorial Africa and has also collected one of the most extensive middle Miocene faunas from Africa. He is author of Primate Evolution (1990) as well as numerous research articles.

Herman Pontzer (Hunter College) focuses on linking functional morphology to ecology in hominoids. His current research focuses primarily on the relationships between limb design, locomotor performance (especially locomotor energetics), and ranging ecology. He is also involved in the ongoing excavations in the Lower Paleolithic site of Dmanisi in the Republic of Georgia.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 24, 2014
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The information is great, as is the presentation (mostly), but the authors seem to occasionally forget early on that the subject is anthropology, not chemistry or mathematics. They have a tendency to "geek out" on related subjects and go into far too much unnecessary detail, causing the eyes to cross and muddling the important-to-the-reader information. For example, instead of going into the mathematical equation used to create radiocarbon dating, it would be more useful to stick with what it is, how it works (the isotopes break down at a predictable date, can be measured), what confounds it and how that is accounted for (calibration), and what conditions and samples are best suited to this kind of dating (not sure they ever explained that).

The chapters tend to be about 3 times longer than they need to be because the authors tend to say the same thing in three different ways, and to go back over, extensively, the information presented so that one large section of each chapter is a complete re-stating of the rest of the chapter. They under-utilize lists and comparative tables that would present the same information more clearly with fewer words (eg, the differences and similarities of australopiths).

There are far easier ways to get the information, but as required reading, it could be worse.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DexZ on January 8, 2014
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Fantastic book for those interested or researching in the field of human origins, biological anthropology, etc. They put together a very nice guide with clear wording and appropriate illustrations. Very nice book to add to the collection.
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