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.
Bones, Brains and DNA: The Human Genome and Human EVolutionby Ian Tattersall, Patricia Wynne (Illustrator), Rob DeSalle, Patricia J. Wynne (Illustrator)
Based on the new Spitzer Hall of Human Origins in theAmerican Museum of Natural History, which opened in February 2007, this book aboutthe genometakes the young reader to the cutting edge of science, exploring and examining the tools by which we study our origins, some of the milestones in those origins, human movement across the planet and the beginnings of being human -- through language, music, art and tools. With its outstanding permanent collection, its ever-changing array of illuminating exhibitions, and it's hands-on approach to universe around us, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City is unquestionably one of the world's preeminent institutions of learning -- and fun. And learning and fun are at the core ofBones, Brains and DNAby Ian Tattersall and Robert DeSalle. Based on the new Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, which opens in February 2007, this charming book takes the young reader to the cutting edge of science, exploring and examining the tools by which we study our origins, some of the milestones in human origins, human movement across the planet, and the beginnings of being human through language, music, art, and tools. Illustrated by the well loved children's artist Patricia J. Wynne,Bones, Brains and DNAfollows the tales, and tails, of two museum mice, Wallace and Darwin, as they play tour guide to the fascinating history of human evolution. Tackling the such topics of genomes and chromosomes, molecules and wooly mammoths, and dinosaurs and hominids, Wallace and Darwin present a thoroughly delightful and informative history of human development through anthropology, archeology, biology, ecology, and art. Complete with explanatory photographs, easy-to-follow charts, and a succinct glossary, this fact-filled jaunt through one of America's favorite museums will charm and challenge while educating the budding young scientist.
Meet the Author
Ian Tattersall is currently Curator in the Division of Anthropology of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Born in England and raised in East Africa, he has carried out both primatological and paleontological fieldwork in countries as diverse as Madagascar, Vietnam, Surinam, Yemen and Mauritius.
Patricia J. Wynne is an award winning artist who lives with her husband, artist Donald Silver, in New York City. She works at the American Museum of Natural History and teaches numerous courses when she is not illustrating books. Her books are frequently on Book of the Year Lists in Newsweek, Smithsonian Magazine, Scientific American, Parade, New York Times Book Review and others.
Robert DeSalle is a Curator in the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History. He lives in New York in Alphabet City.
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