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Leakeys: Uncovering the Origins of Humankind

Leakeys: Uncovering the Origins of Humankind

by Margaret Poynter

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Gr 5-8--The Leakey family--particularly the flamboyant Louis and the quieter but perhaps more assiduous Mary--have been involved (often at the cutting edge) in the discussion of paleoanthropology for decades. Here, in a simply written volume, Poynter documents their family history and traces their professional achievements. Some of the latter have been overshadowed by more recent finds, but at the time, they literally made headlines. The continuous use of simple sentences may seem somewhat staccato to competent readers, but for those entering "Terra incognita paeleoanthropologica" for the first time, the style may well be necessary to foster comprehension of the importance of the Leakeys' discoveries. Two maps aid in geographical orientation, though Olduvai, Laetoli, and Turkana are strangely missing from the continental map showing the Great Rift Valley (though they do appear on a more localized map.) Black-and-white photos are scattered throughout. Readers are also provided with project instructions: "Make Your Own Dig," "Studying Artifacts," "Discovering Your Own Roots," and "Make Your Own Cave Paintings." Delta Willis's The Leakey Family (Facts on File, 1992) and Lisa Lambert's The Leakeys (Rourke, 1993) are written for more advanced readers. Deborah Heiligman's excellent Mary Leakey (Freeman, 1996) is on the same reading level as Poynter's title, but has a tighter focus.--Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
Great Minds of Science Series
Product dimensions:
7.64(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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