The Sediments of Time: My Lifelong Search for the Past

The Sediments of Time: My Lifelong Search for the Past

Meave Leakey?s thrilling, high-stakes memoir?written with her daughter Samira?encapsulates her distinguished life and career on the front lines of the hunt for our human origins, a quest made all the more notable by her stature as a woman in a highly competitive, male-dominated field. In The Sediments of Time, preeminent paleoanthropologist Meave Leakey brings us along Meave Leakey?s thrilling, high-stakes memoir?written with her daughter Samira?encapsulates her distinguis...

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Title:The Sediments of Time: My Lifelong Search for the Past
Author:Meave Leakey
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Sediments of Time
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

The Sediments of Time: My Lifelong Search for the Past Reviews

  • Dorothy
    Jan 29, 2021
    In the late twentieth century, there was an abundance of discoveries of hominin fossils and things related to them. In the 1970s, I was a devoted reader of "National Geographic" magazine and it seemed that almost every month's issue had news of some new discovery, most o...
  • Tfalcone
    Jul 31, 2020
    Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC. Excellent summation of hominid history and the amazing fossil finds by the Leakey family, Yohannes Haile Selassie and Donald Johansen. The ever growing evidence of our evolution and descendancy. Fascinating. ...
  • Miriam
    Jan 20, 2021
    Wow! Maeve Leakey writes a fascinating and engaging memoir of her search for the evolution of man, his shift to bipedalism. You'll learn about evolution, archaeological excavation, how fossils are dated in the arid lands, volcanic ash layers, and sediments of Lake Turkana in N...
  • Annarella
    Nov 30, 2020
    I learned a lot reading this book and was fascinated by the life of the author. She's a talented storyteller and she does an excellent job in explaining how paleo-anthropology works, her discoveries and researched. I thing it's an interesting and engrossing read that I stro...
  • Pamela
    Oct 31, 2020
    Part memoir, part autobiography, Leakey opens her book with her birth and moves through her life until now. In between she speaks her mind on many topics not the least is climate change. While I would imagine that most readers want to know about her life as a paleoanthropologist, b...
  • Joanne  Manaster
    Dec 07, 2020
    Not just her well written autobiography, but also an excellent overview of human evolution as told through research. A very informative read. ...
  • Randal White
    Sep 23, 2020
    What an incredible life the author has lived! it's almost like a real life Indiana Jones. Her adventures, her discoveries, her relationships, she has really packed a lot into one lifetime. This book is a wonderful summation of the discoveries she, and her esteemed family, has made...
  • Dipra Lahiri
    Dec 13, 2020
    An account of an amazing, exciting life by one of the great paleo-anthropologists. Tough, gutsy and determined, she's a role model. The science can get a bit overwhelming at times, but it demonstrates the huge strides in knowledge, and the multi-disciplinary attack to reveal the d...
  • Ashley
    Nov 09, 2020
    I received an electronic copy of this book for free via NetGalley for an honest review. This is a well-written and informative book, and while it is an autobiographical account of Meave Leakey's life, it's also very much a discussion of what the field of paleoanthropology ...
  • Anneke
    Dec 07, 2020
    Book Review: The Sediments of Time - My Lifelong Search for the Past Author: Meave Leakey and Samira Leakey Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication Date: November 10, 2020 Review Date: December 7, 2020 From the blurb: Meave Leakey?s thrilling, high-stakes memoir?w...
  • Ted Haussman
    Jan 14, 2021
    I?ve always been fascinated by the human origin story to the point where I considered archaeology as a career for a bring period of time. I read Johansson?s Lucy in high school and followed the discoveries that were being made. I obviously knew about the Leakeys, but more Louis and...
  • Kate
    Aug 20, 2020
    Interesting and educational. ...
  • Tove R.
    Jul 30, 2020
    Thanks NetGalley and Meave Leakey for the opportunity to read this advance reader copy! This brilliant memoir/autobiography is thought provoking, engaging, well-written, and I read it in one go, even though it is not a short or quick read. I have followed what the Leakey family do for ...
  • Russell
    Feb 13, 2021
    A personal history of her life and career. Explaining and describing the growth of knowledge of fossils from Africa and beyond. Easy to read and understand. The way ice cores in the Antarctic are tied into Milankovitch cycles, changes in magnetism and other research in the field is fas...
  • Adam Rosenbaum
    Feb 13, 2021
    The search for human origins is synonymous with the name Leakey. In this memoir by Maeve Leakey she conveys the twisting story of trying to figure out what our evolutionary tree looks like. Can you imagine walking in a blistering sun, in the middle of nowhere, along an exposed lakebed ...
  • Dawn Rupert
    Jan 19, 2021
    Having followed the Leakey's from almost the beginning, it was a pleasure to read Meave Leakey's memoir of her work at Lake Turkana and other parts of Kenya. While there are a few personal reflections, the book is mostly about her work and research. I appreciated the map a...
  • Eilonwy
    Dec 30, 2020
    Meave Leakey wanted to be a marine biologist -- until she was informed that research ships in the 1960's had no facilities for female scientists, so sorry. So she switched to zoology instead, which got her hired by Louis Leakey to work with primates in Kenya. But once she met the ...
  • Andrea Stoeckel
    Jan 18, 2021
    "Evolution is constantly at work as features change or are co-opted for a different task and time" This book, on top of being a first person memoir of the attempt at the standardization of paleo anthropology by the Leakey family, is also an in-depth look at our own evoluti...
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    Jan 21, 2021
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  • Guy Lenk
    Jan 15, 2021
    This is a great book from (obviously) one of THE families involved in the study of early hominin ancestry. As much biography as science it is an entertaining read for everyone. That's not to say that the science in it is lacking, but give it several chapters to really get rolling....
  • Thady
    Jan 16, 2021
    Fascinating account of the search for our origins and of the efforts of the Leakey family ...
  • Olga Vannucci
    Jan 30, 2021
    Millions of years ago Our ancestors stood. There's so much that we know, So much more that we could. Millions of years ago Our ancestors stood. There's so much that we know, So much more that we could. ...more ...
  • Miguel
    Jan 31, 2021
    Having recently read the superior ?Fossil Men? by Kermit Pattison, it was difficult to enjoy this as much as I would have had I not had a recent more in depth overview on the latest in paleoanthropology. Fossil Men does paint the Leakeys in a certain negative light, but of course M...
  • Paleoanthro
    Dec 19, 2020
    More then a memoir, The Sediments of Time, is a fascinating read and insightful tour of research into human origins by one of the fields greats. Divulge into the depths of the authors research and its impact on human evolutionary studies, as well as details of the authors life and fiel...
  • Joshua
    Jan 27, 2021
    Great for people who love science! ...
  • Lois Merrill
    Jan 07, 2021
    Very well written complex book on our human origins. Very interesting and informative! I felt transported to Kenya and their studies and digs. Gave me a new outlook on evolution and how we came to be. AMAZING ...
  • Sharon McNeil
    Nov 17, 2020
    Excellent!!! ...
  • Grrlscientist
    Jan 12, 2021
    Meave Leakey is a real-life Indiana Jones. Her life has been filled with adventure, struggle, and discovery after amazing discovery that are detailed in her riveting autobiography, The Sediments of Time: My Lifelong Search For The Past (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020). The auth...
  • Henry Turner
    Jan 11, 2021
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  • Jack Hicks
    Feb 11, 2021
    The Sediments Of Time, My lifelong Search For The Past Meave Leakey, 2020 Who were the predecessors of modern humans? What were they like and where and when did they evolve into modern humans? The name Leakey has been almost synonymous with these questions for the last 70 years. Star...