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Aristotle's Ladder, Darwin's Tree

by J. David Archibald

New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. 256 pages.

“This interesting and pleasantly written book takes readers on a journey through 2500 years of imagery related to the classification of life,” beginning with the Greeks and continuing to the present day, according to reviewer Erica Torrens. She concludes, “Aristotle’s Ladder, Darwin’s Tree will be intellectually stimulating for those interested in the history and philosophy of biology, and especially for those impressed by the importance of the visual for the construction of scientific knowledge.”

Paleofantasy

by Marlene Zuk

New York: WW Norton, 2013. 328 pages.

Zuk “is not denying that our ancient ancestors, particularly before the advent of agriculture, had a diet and lifestyle different than those of today,” writes reviewer Linda D. Wolfe. “She is, however, suggesting that what our ancestors ate and the varied details of their lifestyle came about during different times, across many types of geographies, and over changing Pleistocene conditions.” Wolfe recommends the book to anyone interested in “paleodiets” or in human evolution in general.

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