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From Lucy to Language, revised edition

by Donald Johanson and Blake Edgar
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006. 288 pages.

Donald Johanson and Blake Edgar discuss human prehistory — from the appearance of bipedal walking to the origin of language — in a volume lavishly illustrated with original (and often life-size) photographs of fossils and artifacts. The first part of the book concentrates on the interpretation of the paleoanthropological evidence, considering such topics as migration, diversity, anatomy, society, bipedalism, tools, customs, and "imponderables" (such as clothing and the problem of consciousness). The second part comprehensively summarizes the evidence on which our knowledge of human prehistory is based. A revised, updated, and expanded edition, which Scientific American's reviewer described as "even more awe-inspiring than the earlier version."