The sticks and stones and fossil bones of antiquity are again a lure to the popular scientist at home- a market not to be underestimated since Gods and Scholars. The paleontological story has been told before- but never better. The parts of our forebears were unearthed and sometimes fished from the sea by as colorful a batch of scientists and gimcrack fanciers as any known in the lore of anecdotes. Senet shows how these discoverers deduced stupendous creatures from a tooth or two; measured cranial capacity; fixed the chronological order in which the species cended; and were victimized by constant fraud. Genetics, geology, botany figure in the story. The emphasis, however, falls upon our forebears- how they evolved, where they flourished, their habits and arts, their social organization and religious concepts. The approach, in a superb translation, is lively and fresh even though applied to a subject vastly older than the hills. A public should not be hard to find.