The New Yorker Magazine Calls Last Ape Standing “Engaging and Fascinating”

The legendary New Yorker Magazine just released its review of Last Ape Standing and had these kind words.

In Brief:

When a paleoanthropologist gets up from the dust, cradling a newly discovered human skull and a few of its ancient molars, it seems a cause for celebration. No one cheers louder than Walter, in this engaging account of some two dozen human species that wandered upright across the globe, stoking fires, interbreeding, painting on cave walls, and occasionally eating one another, before ultimately vanishing from the earth. Although some of Walter’s reflections on early human ethics are thinly developed, others hew closely to the fossil record and shed a fascinating light on our evolutionary success. Whereas ancestors of the modern cow grew more complicated intestines to help them digest whatever roughage they found, our forebears got heavier brains. Visiting a cattle ranch, one may see the obvious good in our neural endowments, but, Walter writes, “it was a close question two million years ago which approach might work best.”

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