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Missing links : in search of human origins

Author: John Reader; Andrew P Hill
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [Enlarged and updated ed.]View all editions and formats
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[Publisher-supplied data] This is the story of the search for humanity's origins--from the Middle Ages, when questions of the earth's antiquity first began to arise, through to the latest genetic discoveries that show the interrelatedness of all living creatures. Central to the story is the part played by fossils--first, in establishing the age of the Earth; then, following Darwin, in the pursuit of possible  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Reader; Andrew P Hill
ISBN: 9780199276851 0199276854
OCLC Number: 707267298
Notes: Previous eds. published as: Missing links : the hunt for earliest man.
Description: xvii, 538 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map, portraits ; 26 cm
Contents: Time and place --
The meaning of fossils --
Nothing so rare --
Neanderthal man (1857) --
Neanderthals and modern humans --
Java man (1891) --
Piltdown man (1912) --
Australopithecus africanus (1925) --
Peking man (1926) --
Australopithecus substantiated (1936) --
Zinjanthropus boisei (1959) --
Tools --
Homo habilis (1964) --
1470 (1972) and the oldest man --
Australopithecus afarensis (1978) --
Footprints --
Ardipithecus ramidus (1994 & 2009).
Responsibility: John Reader ; [foreword by Andrew Hill].
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What can a prehistoric skeleton tell us about human origins? From Neanderthal Man to 'Lucy' to the Flores Hobbits, fossil finds have played a key part in the quest to understand our ancestry. Author  Read more...

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