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Tigers in Africa

Stalking the Past at the Cape of Good Hope
Carmel Schrire

BUY Paper · 58 pp. · 8.5 × 8.25 · ISBN 9780813921297 · $14.50 · Jun 2002

A characteristically unconventional and engaging work, Carmel Schrire’s Tigers in Africa: Stalking the Past at the Cape of Good Hope interweaves such diverse themes as colonial slavery and apartheid, human and carnivore evolution, and science and romance to show how we create the past and understand the present.

Schrire recounts the significance of the palaeontological findings of Raymond Dart, Robert Ardrey, and Glynn Isaac addressing a famous dispute about carnivore evolution that flourished in the heyday of apartheid. She sets pioneering exploration of the globe against archaeological surveys and romantic quests in the African desert and contrasts the dark days of colonial slavery at the Cape with the bright prospects of Nelson Mandela’s legacy there.


A delightful scholarly romp through the history and myths of the Cape.

J.M. Coetzee, author of Disgrace

"Another exhilarating roller coaster by the acclaimed author of Digging through Darkness that celebrates how archaeology at the Cape of Good Hope illuminates what we know about the human career.

Richard G. KleinStanford University, author of The Human Career: Human Biological and Cultural Origins

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