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Lucy's legacy : the quest for human origins

Author: Donald C Johanson; Kate Wong
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In his New York Times bestseller, Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind, renowned paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson told the incredible story of his discovery of a partial female skeleton that revolutionized the study of human origins. Lucy literally changed our understanding of our world and who we come from. Since that dramatic find in 1974, there has been heated debate and -- most important -- more groundbreaking
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donald C Johanson; Kate Wong
ISBN: 9780307396396 0307396398
OCLC Number: 232980726
Description: viii, 309 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Lucy --
The woman who shook up man's family tree --
Unfinished business --
Rocky beginnings --
Pay dirt --
Several successful field seasons --
Getting to know Lucy better --
Lucy's world --
Growing up Australopithecine --
pt. 2. Lucy's ancestors --
The dawn of humankind --
The first Australopithecines --
pt. 3. Lucy's descendents --
Ecce homo --
Leaving the motherland --
The hobbits of Flores --
The Neandertals --
The rise of Homo sapiens --
Epilogue: Unsolved mysteries.
Responsibility: Donald C. Johanson, Kate Wong.
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In his New York Times bestseller, Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind, renowned paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson told the incredible story of his discovery of a partial female skeleton that revolutionized the study of human origins. Lucy literally changed our understanding of our world and who we come from. Since that dramatic find in 1974, there has been heated debate and -- most important -- more groundbreaking discoveries that have further transformed our understanding of when and how humans evolved. In Lucy's Legacy, Johanson takes readers on a fascinating tour of the last three decades of study -- the most exciting period of paleoanthropologic investigation thus far. In that time, Johanson and his colleagues have uncovered a total of 363 specimens of Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy's species, a transitional creature between apes and humans), spanning 400,000 years. As a result, we now have a unique fossil record of one branch of our family tree -- that family being humanity -- a tree that is believed to date back a staggering 7 million years. Focusing on dramatic new fossil finds and breakthrough advances in DNA research, Johanson provides the latest answers that post-Lucy paleoanthropologists are finding to questions such as: How did Homo sapiens evolve? When and where did our species originate? What separates hominids from the apes? What was the nature of Neandertal and modern human encounters? What mysteries about human evolution remain to be solved? - Jacket flap.

In this sequel to the bestseller Lucy : the Beginnings of Humankind, celebrated paleoanthropologist Johanson and science journalist Wong explore the extraordinary discoveries since Lucy was unearthed more than three decades ago.

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