- Hardcover: 1024 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 3 edition (June 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226439658
- ISBN-13: 978-0226439655
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Richard G. Klein is Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor in Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. His books includeIce-Age Hunters of the Ukraine and, with Kathryn Cruz-Uribe, The Analysis of Animal Bones from Archaeological Sites, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
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The general outline of the book works forward through time from the background of primates until anatomically modern humans in chapter seven. The last chapter recalls a lot of the preceding material in a synopsis, while the first two chapters go over some introductory items like the nature of evolution, classification schemes, definitions, the geologic time frame, issues of dating, etc.
The book is filled with many illustrations that will give a good picture for the reader of what is often being discussed. Of course there are other illustrations like tables, stratigraphy schemes, cladograms, etc.
Again, this is a very scholarly work. I wouldn't recommend this as an introduction text on human evolution, though it could be one, if the reader is willing to pour through the material slowly and learn many new words. It's not highly technical, but the reader should be familiar with evolutionary terms, stratigraphical terms, radiometric and other dating techniques, anatomical names, etc. Also, a good portion of the latter half of the book is on discussing the tooklits of homo species and their variation and similarities with one another.
I don't have many bad things to say about this book. This is also really an excellent reference book. Pages 750-1000 are filled with nothing but references, showing the amount of work this book took. Though this might take away from a traditional form of footnoting, I have a feeling that footnoting in-text would get very tedious with this type of work. It's very easy to recommend this book if you're wanting to brush up on evolutionary history.
However Klein does present as established fact some elements of the field that actually remain far from settled, so a keen student would be wise to seek out some additional reading to get a more holistic picture.