First Steps

Desilva, Jeremy

  4 Reviews

The nineteenth century philosopher Soren Kierkegaard clearly knew a thing or two about walking, when he said, 'Every day, I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness'. He would not have been aware of the anatomical and evolutionary history that has allowed humankind to walk upright but paleoanthropologist Jeremy Desilva does.

With these details at his fingertips, readers are confidently escorted through seven million years of evolution, exploring the history of bipedalism and its role in our well-being.

Lively, informative and peppered with engaging personal anecdotes, this is a fascinating account of 'how walking upright made us human'.



Fascinating insight into the origin of homo sapiens and bipedalism, and how the way we walk upright influences other facets of our lives such as childbirth, arthritis in knees and hips, hernias etc. Descriptions of reactions of scientists to others' hypotheses and reluctance to share information on findings was interesting and very human!
A few did not finish this book but those that did were well rewarded. Though it was written in a simple chatty style, we were quite overwhelmed by the detail! We learnt a lot and had a great discussion, particularly about subjects with which we were familiar - eg. childbirth.
ROTO 006
A very enjoyable, easy scientific book to read. It was so full of interesting facts that the group felt a re read would open up even more doors of knowledge and things to discuss.
NELS 002
Group loved this book - stimulating, educational, funny, and intelligent.