Born in Africa: The Quest for the Origins of Human Life

Born in Africa: The Quest for the Origins of Human LifeBorn in Africa: The Quest for the Origins of Human Life by Martin Meredith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An excursion in time. BIG time! Who were we? How did we get here? This journey starts 7 or 8 million years ago and traces our origins, thanks to the incredibly patient work of palaeoanthropologists who spend their lives looking for and at bones that are found only occasionally and often by accident.

When did we start walking upright, and why? When did our brains increase to their present size? How can we tell? When did tools, fire, language become part of our lives? How do we know? These are the puzzles being pieced together in this fascinating glimpse into the distant past.

Contrast with this the here-and-now squabbles among the scientists who spend their lives working on solving these riddles. We hominids come out looking like what we are–complex, complicated beings. Our past remains shrouded; our future equally uncertain. We live in the tumult of the present Are other creatures different?

A scholarly and highly accessible trip into vast uncharted territories by an author who knows his stuff.

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