April 13, 2012
Review: "African Exodus: The Origins of Modern Humanity" by Christopher Stringer and Robin McKie
If you're new to human origins and anthropology, or if you're looking for a good 'refresher' to the topic and the areas of controversy, then this is the book for you. While the "Out-of-Africa" hypothesis has morphed and has really become more complex over the past decade or so, the basic tenets of the model still hold. Finally, if you read this book you'll certainly want to follow it up with Chris Stringer's new book, Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth (Henry Holt and Co., Inc.), that was published in mid-March 2012. This book, written some 16 years later, provides an in-depth overview of the current state-of-the-knowledge associated with modern human origins. I recently read it and highly recommend it too, and I've posted my review of the book above.