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===Good===
 
===Good===
 
* The book is fully illustrated with lots of diagrams and photos of the topics being discussed.
 
* The book is fully illustrated with lots of diagrams and photos of the topics being discussed.
* The authors point the importance of clearly stating that much of the subject is speculative.
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* The authors clearly state, multiple times, that a lot of what paleoanthropologists do is interpretation and speculative. I like this because not enough scientists treat their fields with the proper amount of humility.
  
 
===Bad===
 
===Bad===
 
* A lot of the book is now outdated. Terms for ancient organisms have changed, lineages have been re-worked, etc.
 
* A lot of the book is now outdated. Terms for ancient organisms have changed, lineages have been re-worked, etc.
* While discussing a site with a fig leaf impression, the authors make a joke about [[Adam and Eve]]. I'm fine with the joke, but young earth creationists don't need any help with their crazy beliefs!
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* While discussing a site with a fig leaf impression, the authors make a joke about [[Adam and Eve]]. I'm fine with the joke, but young earth creationists don't need any help with their crazy beliefs and could easily [[quote mining|quote mine]] this!
 
* For some reason, the publisher chose [[Rockwell]] as the typeface for the entire book. Although Rockwell is an attractive typeface, it doesn't read well at the small point size used in the book.
 
* For some reason, the publisher chose [[Rockwell]] as the typeface for the entire book. Although Rockwell is an attractive typeface, it doesn't read well at the small point size used in the book.
  
 
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==Media==
 
==Media==

Revision as of 12:46, 12 July 2019

Hardcover, US, 1st edition.

Origins: What New Discoveries Reveal About the Emergence of Our Species and Its Possible Future is a popular science book about human origins written by paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin and first published on 1977-10-28.

Status

I own a first edition hard cover and am currently reading it.

Review

Good

  • The book is fully illustrated with lots of diagrams and photos of the topics being discussed.
  • The authors clearly state, multiple times, that a lot of what paleoanthropologists do is interpretation and speculative. I like this because not enough scientists treat their fields with the proper amount of humility.

Bad

  • A lot of the book is now outdated. Terms for ancient organisms have changed, lineages have been re-worked, etc.
  • While discussing a site with a fig leaf impression, the authors make a joke about Adam and Eve. I'm fine with the joke, but young earth creationists don't need any help with their crazy beliefs and could easily quote mine this!
  • For some reason, the publisher chose Rockwell as the typeface for the entire book. Although Rockwell is an attractive typeface, it doesn't read well at the small point size used in the book.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

Media

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