Born in Africa
The Quest for the Origins of Human Life
By Martin Meredith
(PublicAffairs, Hardcover, 9781586486631, 288pp.)
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
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From the author of The Fate of Africa: a dramatic account of the exploits of anthropologists, archaeologists, and other scientists striving to uncover the mysteries of human origins
Martin Meredith is a journalist, biographer, and historian who has written extensively on Africa and its recent history. He is the author of many books including The Fate of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence; Mugabe: Power, Plunder, and the Struggle for Zimbabwe, and Mandela: A Biography. He lives near Oxford, England.
Anthropologists and archeologists long believed humans evolved in Asia. So when a set of hominid remains was discovered in Africa, it took a while for the find to stick. In Born in Africa, author Martin Meredith details the battles in the search for the origins of human life. More at NPR.org
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Kirkus Reivew, April 15, 2011
"An appealing account of human evolution and the fiercely competitive anthropologists who are unearthing our ancestors’ remains and arguing over what they mean…. The author does a superb job of describing the nuts-and-bolts of field research, the meaning of the often headline-producing findings and the ever-changing variety of species who split off from the common ancestors of chimpanzees and hominids.”