The Accidental Species

Misunderstandings of Human Evolution by Henry Gee

By Erin Wayman, 10:15 AM October 21, 2013

This is not a typical book about human evolution. There’s no chronology of fossil discoveries, no detailed description of hominid species or even an illustration of human family trees. In fact, the book is largely about what we don’t know about human evolution — and what we’ve gotten wrong.

Gee, an editor at Nature and a former paleontologist, begins by taking a swipe at the oversized human ego. Despite what many people, including some scientists, seem to think, Homo sapiens is not the pinnacl...

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