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Kermit Pattison is a journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, GQ, Fast Company, Runner's World, and Time, among many other publications. He has spent more than five years researching this story, including extensive time in the field with Tim White's team. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Any science-minded person... will truly enjoy Fossil Men.--Danville Commercial-News
[A] riveting account. ... In places, Fossil Men seems more reality television show than a work of popular science, as we follow an outrageous cast. ... The story lines border on the insane: There are civil wars, gunfights, at least one grenade rolling around the feet of scientists as they drive into the desert. ... Pattison... is every bit as good as the best scientist-writers. He describes the intricacies of the human wrist and foot with the skill of a poet... [and] explains in clear and compelling prose how scientists build family trees of ancient species. --New York Times Book Review
"[A] lively debut. ... Pattison ably combines the adventure yarn with scientific minutiae. ... Those interested in human origins should check out this vivid and thorough study." --Publishers Weekly
Brilliant. ... A work of staggering depth. ... Pattison deftly weaves strands of science, sociology and political science into a compelling tale that stretches over decades. ... His prose is lively and accessible. ... An ambitious work that fully justifies the extraordinary effort that went into it, both by the fossil men and by the writer who chronicled their work.--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Fossil Men is a wonderful mix of history, science and politics, full of pathos and insight in equal measure. I found it difficult to put down, and I didn't want it to end....This book should be required reading for all those who care about how science may help answer the question of who we are as humans. A monumental achievement!"
--HASOK CHANG, Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
"At the core of Kermit Pattison's rip-roaring tale is the prickly, obsessive, brilliant American paleonaut, Tim White, who braves revolutions, tribal warfare, and bitter scientific rivals to unearth ancient bones, without which there would be no pre-history, no civilization, no humanity."
--PETER NICHOLS, New York Times bestselling author of The Rocks and Evolution's Captain
An exciting book, full of colorful personalities, momentous discoveries, and new ideas that challenge us to reconsider everything we believed about the evolution of humankind.--Booklist
Compelling science. ... Perfect for National Geographic readers who want to dig deep into the human evolutionary tree.--Library Journal
Entertaining. ... Satisfying. ... Gripping. ... Big personalities, simmering turmoil, and fascinating popular science.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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