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Deceptively simple in appearance (two charming museum mice skitter about the pages, posing pertinent questions and offering straight answers), The often chatty text follows the trail of human evolution, basing its factual content on current data exhibited in the New Hall of Human Origins in New York City's American Museum of Natural History. Using the skills of anthropologists, archaeologists, and paleontologists, the authors track clues laid down in the fossil record, and, more importantly, in our DNA. They trace both mitochondrial DNA and "Y" chromosome DNA around the planet to determine early man's global wanderings, and also compare the genomes of other living entities to our ongoing human evolution. The very un-simple concepts are presented clearly, in an attractive format, with splashings of small photos, colorful artwork, diagrams, and maps to attract the eye and elucidate the text. The book is up-to-the-minute in its factual content and its application of said content to current theories. This is a sturdy, informative, and eye-catching addition to the often underutilized sections on human evolution and genetic research.
—Patricia ManningCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.