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Extinct Humans

by Ian Tattersall and Jeffrey H Schwartz
Boulder, CO: Basic Books, 2000. 224 pages.

Designed for the general public, Extinct Humans covers the general scope of the human fossil record in about 250 pages, illustrated mainly by original photographs of fossil skulls. The authors are known within anthropology for their recognition of many fossil species and lineages. They state their theme as follows: "A linear mindset pervades most work in paleoanthropology, as if the story of human evolution has essentially been one of a single-minded struggle from bestial benightedness to uplifted enlightenment... But if we proceed like paleontologists studying other groups ... a very different picture emerges. ... a story of repeated evolutionary experimentation, diversification, and, ultimately, extinction."