News for Monday, October 10, 2011

Senior Scholar Dean Falk’s New Book Released

The Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed Our View of Human EvolutionThe Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed Our View of Human EvolutionThe Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed Our View of Human Evolution

Senior scholar Dean Falk’s new book, The Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed Our View of Human Evolution (UC Press, 2011), is now available. The book, completed at SAR during Dr. Falk’s tenure as a resident scholar fellow, explores two discoveries of early human relatives, one in 1924 and one in 2003, that radically changed scientific thinking about our origins. An October 6th review in Nature exclaims, “Palaeoanthropologist Dean Falk debunks some modern myths in her brilliant book...That it sparkles with scholarship and wit is icing on the cake.”

A fellow of the American Anthropological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and professor of anthropology at Florida State University, Dr. Falk has been a senior scholar at SAR since 2010. Her research is primarily on the evolution of the brain and cognition, and her publications have appeared in both the scholarly and popular literature. She has participated in numerous television and radio programs that have featured various aspects of her research. Other recent books by Dr. Falk include Braindance Revised and Expanded (2004) and Finding Our Tongues: Mothers, Infants & the Origins of Language (2009). More information on her research and publications can be found at her new website.

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