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The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors

The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors

by Ann Gibbons
     
 

ISBN-10: 140007696X

ISBN-13: 9781400076963

Pub. Date: 04/10/2007

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400076963
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/10/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
783,199
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents


Map: The Cradle of Humanity     ix
"First Human" Fossil Finds by Year     x
Time Line: The Human Family     xiv
The Fossil Hunters     xv
Introduction     3
Ancient Footsteps     23
African Trailblazers     25
Continental Divide     46
The Early Ancestor     59
Drawing Bloodlines     70
Lucy, the Late Ancestor     79
Defining Humans     88
Banishment     98
The Decade of Discovery     117
The Lady of the Lake     119
A View from Afar     129
The Root Ape     137
West Side Story     153
Turf Wars     166
Toeing the Line     180
Millennium Man     193
Toumai     208
Wisdom of the Bones     223
Bones of Contention     225
Habitat for Humanity     236
Acknowledgments     244
Glossary     248
Notes     253
Bibliography     280
Index     292

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