The bayside suburb of St Kilda has long been seen as
Melbourne’s seedy underbelly, the equivalent of Sydney’s
King’s Cross, London’s Soho, or New York’s Times Square.
But as with most of those locations, a decade or two of
gentrification has dimmed the red lights somewhat; these
days, the only remaining street walkers left in St Kilda are
likely to survive not so much because of the blind eye turned
by the local vice squad, but due to the National Trust giving
the hookers a heritage listing.
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike. Red-necked Phalarope. Forty-spotted
Pardalote. There, now that the non-birdwatchers have lost interest
and have skipped to the first page containing a description of an
outback sunset, I can have a little chat. This is the story of my quest
to break the Australian birdwatching record and as such is concerned
primarily with birds. In order to keep the dude
non-birdwatching readers interested, however, occasionally I have
had to divert from a purely birding focus.
When did humans appear? What is it
that makes us different from the
rest of the animals? In what way
did language develop? Why is it so
important to have deciphered the sequence
of the human genome? This book offers
answers to these and many other questions
about the mysteries and marvels of human
evolution. Scientists maintain that modern
humans originated in Africa because that is
where they have found the oldest bones.