The First Human (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 10, 2007 - Science
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In this dynamic account, award-winning science writer Ann Gibbons chronicles an extraordinary quest to answer the most primal of questions: When and where was the dawn of humankind?Following four intensely competitive international teams of scientists in a heated race to find the “missing link”–the fossil of the earliest human ancestor–Gibbons ventures to Africa, where she encounters a fascinating array of fossil hunters: Tim White, the irreverent Californian who discovered the partial skeleton of a primate that lived 4.4 million years ago in Ethiopia; French paleontologist Michel Brunet, who uncovers a skull in Chad that could date the beginnings of humankind to seven million years ago; and two other groups–one led by zoologist Meave Leakey, the other by British geologist Martin Pickford and his French paleontologist partner, Brigitte Senut–who enter the race with landmark discoveries of their own. Through scrupulous research and vivid first-person reporting, The First Human reveals the perils and the promises of fossil hunting on a grand competitive scale.


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Review: The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors

User Review  - Carol Smith - Goodreads

Equal parts fun-with-fossils and paleontological cat fighting, and it's a winning combination. Try as we might, the human element can never be fully removed from scientific endeavors and paleontology ... Read full review

Review: The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors

User Review  - Cary Baird - Goodreads

This book was a fascinating look at the decades-long quest to understand our human and pre-human ancestors. Gibbons not only told a compelling story of human curiosity and perseverance to build ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
CHAPTER QNE African Trailblazers
25
CHAPTER Two Continental Divide
46
CHAPTER THREE The Early Ancestor
59
CHAPTER FOUR Drawing Bloodlines
70
CHAPTER FIVE Lucy the Late Ancestor
79
CHAPTER SIX Defining Humans
88
CHAPTER SEVEN Banishment
98
CHAPTER FOURTEEN Millennium Man
193
CHAPTER F IfTEEN Ioumai
208
lSDO OI Tllli BONES
223
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN Habitat for Humanity
236
Acknowledgments
244
Notes
253
THE DECADE OF DISCOVERY
264
Bibiograirz_y
280

CHAPTER TEN The Root Ape
137
CHAPTER ELEVEN West Side Story 753
166
CHAIYTER THIRTEEN Toeing the Line
180

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About the author (2007)

Ann Gibbons, the primary writer on human evolution for Science magazine for more than a decade, has taught science writing at Carnegie Mellon University. She has been a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Science Journalism Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. www.anngibbons.com


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