Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 15, 1990 - Nature - 416 pages
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When Donald Johanson found a partial skeleton, approximately 3.5 million years old, in a remote region of Ethiopia in 1974, a headline-making controversy was launched that continues on today.
  

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Review: Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind

User Review  - Dylan - Goodreads

I had to read this for my biological anthropology course (which I recommend taking if you can) and I think that it was fairly enjoyable all things considered. There were some nice pictures and useful information. If you're interested in the subject this would be a good book to read. Read full review

Review: Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind

User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

Read this 30 years ago, but still remember it was a wonderful book about the discovery of australopithecus. Anyone interested in physical anthropology will enjoy it. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
13
background
25
The Early Fossil Finds
27
The First ManApes
40
A Date at Last
71
Homo habilisthe Earliest Man?
97
the golden decade 19671977
105
Omo and Its Magic Ruler
107
Arguments over Dates and Footprints
236
what is lucy?
253
The Analysis Begins
255
The Analysis Is Completed
281
The Reaction
294
why did lucy walk erect?
307
Is It a Matter of Sex?
309
unfinished business
341

The Triumph of Homo habilis
143
The Knee Joint
150
Some Hominid Jaws and Lucy
164
How Old Is Lucy?
187
The First Family
208
Cleaning Up
220
Electron Microscopes Black Holes and a Return to Hadar
343
APPENDIX
355
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
383
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
411
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