Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 15, 1990 - Nature - 416 pages
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“A glorious success…The science manages to be as exciting and spellbinding as the juiciest gossip” (San Franscisco Chronicle) in the story of the discovery of “Lucy”—the oldest, best-preserved skeleton of any erect-walking human ancestor ever found.

When Donald Johanson found a partical 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. Bursting with all the suspense and intrigue of a fast paced adventure novel, here is Johanson’s lively account of the extraordinary discovery of “Lucy.” By expounding the controversial change Lucy makes in our view of human origins, Johanson provides a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of the history of pealeoanthropology and the colorful, eccentric characters who were and are a part of it. Never before have the mystery and intricacy of our origins been so clearly and compellingly explained as in this astonighing and dramatic book.
 

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This is the best book on the subject of early humans that I've ever read. First rate background information, then it takes off like a great detective story! Was recently able to find this signed copy on Abe Books. Read full review

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This is the best book on the subject of early humans that I've ever read. First rate background information, then it takes off like a great detective story! 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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