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Readings and Ramblings

This is Readings and Ramblings. It is readings because this is a site for blogging about books and I intend to do that. It is ramblings because I might want to write about something else now and then.

Lucy Long Ago: Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came From - Catherine Thimmesh I am not the target audience for this book. It is a book on the subject of paleoanthropology for children in elementary school and I earned my degree in biology years ago. I read it, though, because I am interested in the subject matter and expected just a quick and enjoyable read. Since I am interested in the subject matter I have read any number of books on this subject written for adults and for people who are actually studying anthropology for professional and academic reasons, so I did not expect to learn anything from this book. I was a bit surprised though. Even though I do have a degree in biology I have never taken a class in paleoanthropology and have certainly not been in the profession. That means that I may have learned about the findings of the people who are in the profession from my readings, but I know nothing about their techniques. This book did teach me something about those techniques, especially the techniques used in making fossil casts and the reconstructions of fossils. I can well imagine that when I was a child myself if I had come across this book I would have been fascinated. I think it would be a good addition to an elementary school library.