Java Man: How Two Geologists' Dramatic Discoveries Changed Our Understanding of the Evolutionary Path to Modern Humans

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Abacus, 2002 - Human beings - 307 pages
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JAVA MAN is the scientific narrative of a landmark discovery, involving the fascinating adventure of the Dutch physician Eugene Dubois and his search for early humans in Java in the East Indies a century ago. There he uncovered the first fossils of our immediate ancestor, Homo erectus. A century later, the authors of JAVA MAN brought the power of the most sensitive radiosotopic dating technique to Homo erectus fossils from the same island where Dubois toiled so diligently. Sensationally, their true age is almost two million years old, a million years older than anthropological theory has held. The implications are profound. Not only does it mean that Homo erectus left Africa almost a million years earlier than was believed, indicating that it was a very different kind of animal than we thought; it also tells us that our own species, Homo sapiens, evolved rapidly and recently, in Africa. This solves anthropology's most contentious and rancorous debate, that of the origin of modern humans and the fate of the Neanderthals.

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I read this book in 2017, but it was published in 2000. As a result, some of the information in this book is outdated, not necessarily wrong, just missing additional pieces. This isn't a bad thing ... Read full review

JAVA MAN: How Two Geologists Changed the History of Human Evolution

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A well-rendered tale of scientific detective work and scholarly controversy.First identified by the Dutch paleontologist Eugene Dubois in the late-19th century, the fossil remains of the hominid known ... Read full review

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* Co-written by Roger Lewin, 1989 winner of the Science Book of the Year (later the Rhone Poulenc) prize for BONES OF CONTENTION.

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