The First Human

The First Human is a good and readable book about the search for the oldest hominin fossils. It describes the science, the fieldwork as well as the disputes in the field of paleoanthropology.

The First Human by Anne Gibbons is about the search for the oldest hominid (or is it hominin?) fossils. It focuses on paleontology and the search for the earliest fossils close to the divergence of humans from the common ancestors of humans and chimpanzees. As such, it describes the fossils and our current understanding of them and does not deal with other related topics of human origin like genetics (more on that later in my review of Before the Dawn).

I was afraid the book might just be a catalog of facts: This fossil was found there by X on this date and so on. But it is much more interesting due to the way Anne Gibbons writes and organizes the facts. It also describes the disputes and the politics of the discipline of paleoanthropology and it seems like this is an acrimonious field.

John Hawks who makes a very brief appearance in the book also has a review on his weblog.

Happy Birthday Amber

It is my wife Amber’s birthday today. Happy Birthday, Amber.

It is Amber’s birthday today. She turns …, oops I am not supposed to say.

Right now, Michelle and I are waiting for her to return home from work so that we can celebrate.

Michelle has been saying for many days that “mommy’s birthday coming” and is fully focused on the cake and blowing out the candle.

Happy Birthday, Amber! May you have many more!

عید مبارک

کل عید ہے۔ آپ سب کو عید مبارک ہو۔ اور ایک دن تاخیر سے سہی مگر دیوالی بھی مبارک۔

کل یہاں عید ہے۔ آپ سب کو عید مبارک ہو۔ ان کو بھی جو کل منا رہے ہیں اور انہیں بھی جو پرسوں منا رہے ہیں۔

کل دیوالی تھی۔ کچھ دیر سے مگر پھر بھی دیوالی مبارک۔

We are celebrating Eid tomorrow. Others in the United States are celebrating it on Tuesday. It seems like Eid will be celebrated on either of these two days around the world. We wish a happy Eid to everyone.

Yesterday was Diwali. A belated happy Diwali, everyone.

Sorry for the radio silence here for the past couple of weeks. I have been sick. Expect regular blogging from now on.

Flowers and Butterflies

Here are some photographs of flowers, mainly orchids, and butterflies from my last visits to Atlanta Botanical Garden and Callaway Gardens in the spring.

Here are some flower photographs from the Botanical Garden here.


And here are some butterflies from the Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens.


All these were taken in the spring.

The Man Who Copied

This is a Brazilian movie about a young guy who trying to impress a girl copies money and gets in trouble. It is a good movie and I rate it 7/10.

O Homem Que Copiava or The Man Who Copied is a Brazilian movie about a poor photocopier operator who falls in love with a girl and follows her around. To impress her, he decides to copy a 50 Brazilian Real bill to buy something from the store she works in. As the story progresses, he gets into more trouble as he finds ways to make some money.

Overall, it is a good movie. I rate it 7/10.