The list author says: "These books narrate the discovery of great treasures underneath the earth, like archeological findings of the 19th century or more recent paleonthological findings of the 20th century. These books and their main characters have in common that they tell true exploring adventures."
"This book narrates the discovery of Knossos and Mycenae by Sir Arthur Evans and Heinrich Schliemann respectively. Schliemann was no archeologist, but he was sure that he would find Troy by following details contained in the Illiad. This book is both exciting as well as informative."
"This book narrates how paleontologists search for fossils and the exciting stories these can tell us. More specifically it tells the story of the finding of the fish ancestors of the animals that later came out of the water to populate the earth. The expedition was in the Artic territory of the Innuits."
"This book narrates the finding of a very old human ancestor and how DNA was extracted from its teeth, in order to find out the genetic lineage of Europeans. It also explains how migrations most probably occured using genetic evidence together with archeological findings."
"This is another great book by Leonard Cottrell in which he narrates how several "lost cities" were found in archeological excavations from Babylon and Nineveh to Macchu Picchu and Chichen-Itza. Written mainly to entertain this book is also quite informative."
"This book narrates the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb by the young Howard Carter. It also explains life in Egyptian times and how Tutankhamen became a boy king. You can read about the story of Tutankhamen's uncle and his worhip for the sun, which made him the sun king. I read a Spanish version of this book in school and was fascinated, I re-read it once or twice after that."
"The human natures as explained by different science fields, from genetics, paleonthology, neuroscience, anthropolgy, etc. The title says it all: "Genes, culture and the human prospect". I think this book encompasses everything I have read before on these subjects, by blending excellently discoveries in each field with an evolutionary perspective."