The author, Neil Shubin, is Professor of Anatomy at the University of Chicago and Provost of its field museum. He has wide expertise in both fossils and biology. His co-worker, Edward Daeschler, is Curator of Vertebrate Biology in the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. The book is well researched with much information about earlier work and a comprehensive reference section. It is highly readable with the author’s modest and friendly personality coming through strongly. It incidentally includes a most useful guide to fossil hunting. It is illustrated mainly by Kalliopi Monoyios’ graphic and appealing black-and-white drawings.

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