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Carl Zimmer is the author of three well-received books on evolution. A Guggenheim fellow in 2002, he writes regularly for magazines, including National Geographic, Science, Newsweek, and Natural History.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
I read this book within two days, enjoyed every minute, and learned a ton.
His book, "Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins," has got to be the best overview of the subject so far published.
Most significantly it is a book aimed at the general reader that is well written, well edited, and very well presented.
This guide is an overview of the story of human evolution through fossil discoveries. For anyone just beginning to explore their interest in the topic, this is a handy reference... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dr. Morbius
Huge pictures, easy to read and understand. This was one of my Anthropology 101 textbooks but could easily be a coffee table book or pleasure read.Published 7 months ago by Ruth Jones
I don't have much to say on it specifically since I purchased the product for someone else. I would recommend buying it since I have heard no negative reviews on it.Published 16 months ago by Fresh
Great book that is simple to understand. Not too long not too short. The only problem with books on this topic is that they seem to go out-of-date quickly because the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dan Meyers
This book gives a good, simple background to human evolution. Coupled with the much more comprehensive The Human Career, there isn't much left uncovered.Published 19 months ago by Andrew Sitek
This was a great deal for a used textbook--about a third of the price of a new book. And the book itself is a great introduction to the subject of evolutionary theory. Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Gregor Krause
Solid presentation. Easy read, great illustrations. Provides a good overview. It is not overly technical which relegates it to those who are "beginners" or maybe some... Read morePublished on December 14, 2011 by Joseph Iacovino
well written with excellent graphics and diagrams.The clearest book on paleoanthropology I have read but still well researched and clearly written. Read morePublished on May 5, 2011 by MP55
This book gives readers a reasonably accurate account on human evolution. It clarifies well that we (Homo sapiens) are not direct descendants of our close primate relatives and... Read morePublished on December 23, 2009 by W. Cheung