Close Encounters With Humankind

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US hardcover, 1st edition.

Close Encounters With Humankind: A Paleoanthropologist Investigates Our Evolving Species is a popular science book about anthropology written by Sang-Hee Lee, with Shin-Young Yoon, and published on 2018-02-20.



I don't own this book, but I listened to the audio book read by Emily Woo Zeller.



  • Each chapter is filled with interesting and useful information. The chapter on cannibalism dispels a lot of myths about the practice, the chapter on the first humans includes some of the more recent discoveries for potential candidates, the chapter on race is very eye-opening, etc.
  • The writing style is enjoyable, and the format, essays about a specific topic, rather than a list of facts or the entire history of the field, was easily digestible.


  • Some of the comments the author makes about things outside of her area of expertise didn't sound right to me. I didn't write them down as I listened to the audio book, but there were at least two.


  • Nothing.