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Science is a messy process. That being said, this is not just the story of the populating of the Americas, this is the story of science itself. This is a story of new ideas challenging the old, new evidence, and the search for a better understanding of the facts. Many of the chapters can get bogged down with excessive detail about flintknapping but it definitely adds to the understanding and evidence for much bigger points. The way the Americas were populated is obviously complex with many subtleties. This book does not declare and defend one position only, it shows more complexity and brings more understanding to this most interesting subject.
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Given the subject matter and the reviews suggesting that the authors had some good evidence for rejecting the land bridge theory of migration of the first Americans from Asia, I was really looking forward to this presentation.
It was, however, the driest book I have read or heard in a long time (and that is saying a lot, as I am a physician and read dry scientific studies every day). And the reader was up to the task; I have not in a long time heard such a monotonous reading. The information could be good--how would I know? This book might better lend itself, along with illustrations and footnotes, to a written form, rather than audio. After listening, I don"t intend to find out.
However, the premise is still an exciting one, and if the authors are capable, and find a good editor with a strong swing of red ink, they might just rewrite a plausible version of either a good technical journal or a good popular archeologic rending of their findings and hypothesis. Either would be welcome.
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