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In The Firmament of Time (1960), the distinguished anthropologist, Loren Eiseley (1907-1977), examined what the human species had become in the late twentieth century. A review in The Chicago Tribune stated that the book ‘has a warm feeling for all natural phenomena; it has a rapport with man and his world and his problems; … it has hope and belief. And it has the beauty of prose that characterizes Eiseley’s philosophical moods’. In designing the cover, Eric Fraser created an image that summarised man’s evolutionary trajectory.