Henry Gee, 31 October 1996
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Cape, 267 pp., £18.99, March 1996, 0 224 03771 4Show More
Humans before Humanity by Robert Foley.
Blackwell, 238 pp., £25, December 1995, 0 631 17087 1Show More
The Day before Yesterday: Five Million Years of Human History by Colin Tudge.
Cape, 390 pp., £18.99, January 1996, 0 224 03772 2Show More
The Wisdom of Bones: In Search of Human Origins by Alan Walker and Pat Shipman.
Weidenfeld, 270 pp., £18.99, April 1996, 0 297 81670 5Show More
The Neanderthal Enigma: Solving the Mystery of Modern Human Origins by James Shreeve.
Viking, 369 pp., £20, May 1996, 0 670 86638 5Show More
“... Humanity is fissile: everywhere it goes, it forms clans, Yoruba and Yanomamo, Mods and Rockers; so powerful is the urge to diverge, even shared ethnicity is optional. No wonder humanity is so hard to define. Taxonomy, designed to resolve such issues, is helpless where it matters most. Every species of animal and plant is uniquely defined as such on the basis of an objective description of its form and habits ...”