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The road to now : taking stock of evolution and our place in the world
Bolton, Melvin, 1938-
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Publication Information:
Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, [2001]

Physical Description:
ix, 292 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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GN281.4 .B65 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Provides a big picture of the life sciences, showing all life from the simplest and earliest forms to modern day humans as viewed from an evolutionary perspective.

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Bolton's popular science book about human evolution is aimed at the complete novice to science and biology. He briefly covers the philosophies of sciences and proceeds to touch on many basic issues of biology evolution and issues that are often included in basic anthropology books. The scope of this book is vast, topics covered are treated too briefly, and the references are mostly to secondary sources. Written in an informal style, it is also elliptical. Bolton is the author of both science monographs and spy novels. With the tremendous variety of books about evolution, Bolton's work brings nothing distinctive to recommend it as a worthwhile purchase. Moreover, as this work is aimed solely at the general public, it is not suitable for academic libraries. For undergraduate library collections, William A. Haviland's Human Evolution and Prehistory (5th ed., 2000) or the sections on human evolution in Haviland's Anthropology (9th ed., 2000) are written with adequate detail for lower-division undergraduates and provide much greater clarity than Bolton's work. General readers. J. Cummings Washington State University