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The Evolution Man

by Roy Lewis
New York: Vintage Books, 1994. 224 pages.

Originally published in 1960 as What We Did to Father, The Evolution Man follows the adventures of the primal horde, led by their inventive genius of a father. Familiar themes of paleoanthropological fiction are treated, although not in the sort of diction that is familiar in the genre: "Good gracious! ... While I have been talking to you, and not even thinking about it, I have made a most important invention: the heavy-duty hunting spear with the fire-hardened point!" "Artfully told and laugh-out-loud funny", writes the reviewer for the Los Angeles Times Book Review.