mkrnhr said:Fenton's book is short and the text is easy to read but it's a slow reading nevertheless because he treats the different fossils as if they were common knowledge. Also, it is usually useful to have the mainstream thesis in order to compare it to a more controversial antithesis.
This subject is very interesting, but it can be hard to go through what they consider "common knowledge". I think Fenton did a good job making it interesting and readable. Even haplotypes was not that bad to read at all.
I liked the way he gave an alternative scenario for the origins and branchings of the Eve mitochondrial DNA haplotypes. When all you hear is the Out of Africa version, is hard to imagine another scenario.
I've been reading Forbidden Archeology a few pages at a time when I get the chance. It is crazy that they talk about "human traces" that are millions of year old.
Laura said:Stringer covers all the same material that Fenton does, and a whole lot more. Plus, he gives a lot more detail. Well, obviously; Fenton's book is rather slim and Stringer's book is twice the length and smaller font! But what I mean is that he gives you more about each case of fossil finds and the theories developed about each.
He seems more articulate and if he gives more details, that would be fascinating to go through.