‘Human Evolution’ by Bernard Wood

A very short introduction.

Human Evolution

The evolution of the hominins—that branch of our evolutionary tree since our most recent common ancestor with the chimpanzees—should be a subject of immense personal interest.

Sadly, I didn't find this book particularly compelling. In fairness, it describes the key discoveries in our gradual (and ongoing) piecing together of our family-tree, but the story that emerges is disappointingly piecemeal. This, no doubt, is due to the notorious sparsity of the fossil record, and the contingent nature of the latest anthropological thinking. But I couldn't help feeling this book could have described our family-history a bit more entertainingly.