The Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed Our View of Human Evolution

by Dean Falk

Berkeley (CA): University of California Press, 2011. 259 pages.

Reviewer Andrew Kramer writes, “This book, written by one of the field’s leading authorities on hominid paleoneurology (the study of human brain evolution), offers a provocative inside look at the past and present ‘paleopolitics’ surrounding two of the most significant fossil human discoveries made over the past century. The author’s intent is to flesh out the personal dimensions of these controversies over human origins, to help the reader understand the nature of scientific disputes, and to convey the excitement of discovery in both the field and the lab. She succeeds admirably on all three fronts.”