Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind
“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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - unclebob53703 - LibraryThing
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
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Lucy walked upright, but her shoulders resembled the chimpanzee. It becomes obvious that brachiating ambulation "teaches" the hand to form an opposed thumb. In turn, the development of bipedalism then ... Read full review
The Early Fossil Finds
The First ManApes
A Date at Last
Homo habilisthe Earliest Man?
the golden decade 19671977
Omo and Its Magic Ruler
Arguments over Dates and Footprints
what is lucy?
The Analysis Begins
The Analysis Is Completed
why did lucy walk erect?
Is It a Matter of Sex?
The Triumph of Homo habilis
The Knee Joint
Some Hominid Jaws and Lucy
How Old Is Lucy?
The First Family
Electron Microscopes Black Holes and a Return to Hadar