Acknowledgements Professor Andrew Hill (Yale): Foreword List of Illustrations 1: Time and Place 2: The Meaning of Fossils 3: Nothing So Rare 4: Neanderthal Man (1857) 5: Neanderthals and Modern Humans 6: Java Man (1891) 7: Piltdown Man (1912) 8: Australopithecus Africanus (1925) 9: Peking Man (1926) 10: Australopithecus substantiated (1936) 11: Zinjanthropus boisei (1959) 12: Tools 13: Homo habilis (1964) 14: 1470 (1972) and Oldest Man 15: Australopithecus afarensis (1978) 16: Footprints 17: Ardipithecus ramidus (1994/2009) Notes Bibliography Index
John Reader is a writer and photographer with more than fifty years of professional experience. His work has included contributions to major international publications, television documentaries and a number of books. He lived for many years in Africa, where an empathy for human ecology and the natural world inspired extensive coverage of anthropological subjects and environmental issues. This work generated a reputation for original research and well-respected publications, leading to an appointment as Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at University College, London.
"the best available book on the history of paleoanthropology." --Tim White, The Browser
"The cast of ancient superstars in palaeoanthropologist John Reader's book has grown significantly in the 30 years since the first edition. Neanderthal Man, Lucy and other early hominin fossils are joined by finds from Homo floresiensis to Ardipithecus in a stunningly illustrated update. Powered by enthusiasm and peppered with controversy, the search for human origins is laid out clearly and succinctly." --Nature
"This is the second edition of a classic, almost totally new, updated, with a set of spectacular new illustrations of fossils and field workers and digs -- the whole array enough to make you wish you had spent your life as a physical anthropologist -- truly one of the most exciting intellectual adventures imaginable...The book is immensely readable, a fabulous journey for any reader...Get hold of this book and read it." --Dan Agin, Huffington Post
"This is a revised, updated version of one of the most popular general surveys of human evolution by a science writer whose photographs of fossils, sites, and scientists have become iconic in the field...Highly recommended." --Choice