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

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


By (author) Martin Meredith

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  • Publisher: PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 230 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 226mm x 20mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 8 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1610391055
  • ISBN 13: 9781610391054
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 779,108

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"A lucid summary of the current scientific thinking on the origins of humanity. . . Meredith manages to assemble a cogent and compelling narrative from the occasionally messy history of paleoanthropology." -"The Washington Post"

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Author information

Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer, and historian who has written extensively on Africa and its recent history. He is the author of many books including "The Fate of Africa" and "Diamonds, Gold, and War." He lives near Oxford, England.

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"Kirkus Reivew", April 15, 2011"An appealing account of human evolution and the fiercely competitive anthropologists who are unearthing our ancestors' remains and arguing over what they mean.... The author does a superb job of describing the nuts-and-bolts of field research, the meaning of the often headline-producing findings and the ever-changing variety of species who split off from the common ancestors of chimpanzees and hominids."