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Hunt for the Dawn Monkey


There are plenty of books about the origins of humans but not many that look at the origins of the anthropoids in the more remote past. In The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey Chris Beard does just this. His main aim seems to be to make the case for his somewhat unorthodox hypothesis that the anthropoids arose, not in Africa as most people suppose, but in Asia.

This is an interesting idea and would have made a good article in New Scientist or Scientific Amercan. But I don’t think there is enough to justify a long book like this. There is a lot of detailed anatomy - more than non-specialist readers require - and this is uneasily combined with chatty stuff about the author’s travels and controversies. I didn’t really feel that the mixture came off. Read the review.

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