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In this four-book series we step back in time—back so many years that it is hard to grasp the distance—to explore our roots. Amazingly, for most of the millions of years that people have been around, there was more than one species of human in the world. Can you imagine meeting another species of human? Today we, Homo sapiens, are the only species of human on Earth. How did we become what we are today, and who were our ancestors and cousins in the human family free? Together, the four books in Humans: An ...

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Overview

In this four-book series we step back in time—back so many years that it is hard to grasp the distance—to explore our roots. Amazingly, for most of the millions of years that people have been around, there was more than one species of human in the world. Can you imagine meeting another species of human? Today we, Homo sapiens, are the only species of human on Earth. How did we become what we are today, and who were our ancestors and cousins in the human family free? Together, the four books in Humans: An Evolutionary History answer these questions and more:

Origins focuses on the search for our earliest ancestors, including the australopiths, an offshoot of the ape family that lived in Africa five million years ago.

First Humans introduces the genus Homo—our branch of the family tree—and describes how its members migrated out of Africa.

ICE Age Neanderthals tells the story of people who lived in Eurasia for hundreds of thousands of years, only to become extinct when our species arrived on the scene.

Modern Humans examines our species, which spread from Africa to every part of the world, and looks at the DNA research that is uncovering our hidden history.

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Readers learn about early human species, including several belonging to genus Homo, in this second book in the "Humans: An Evolutionary History" series. Text addresses scandals associated with controversial Piltdown Man fossils discovered in an English gravel pit. Because some of those fossils had human and others ape traits, many people believed they represented a missing link, while others proved the Piltdown Man was a fraud. This book examines the ramifications of the Piltdown Man hoax to human evolutionary science. The role of Oldowan tools and the Acheulean hand ax in human evolution is explored. Many scientists found human fossils in Asian medicine stores because people believed they were dragon bones with healing powers. Davidson Black and Wenzhong Pei protected human fossils, known as Peking Man, from thieves while traveling from his excavation site to Beijing. When Japan occupied China during World War II, Franz Weidenreich, Black's successor, cast those fossils in plaster which he took to the American Museum of Natural History. Peking Man vanished during the war and still remains missing. Mary Leakey's Nutcracker Man had larger jaws and teeth than other early human fossils, causing researchers to contemplate that fossil's position in human evolution and possibility of being the ancestor of modern humans. Supplementary material includes illustrations, a glossary, endnotes, a bibliography, a timeline, a chronology, charts, and a map. Mysteries surrounding Piltdown and Peking Men present intriguing report and project subjects. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer
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  • ISBN-13: 9780761441847
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Series: Humans Series: An Evolutionary History
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: In Search of Human Origins 08

Chapter 1 A Fraud in the Family Tree 20

Chapter 2 "Alongside Man" 38

Chapter 3 Olduvai and Beyond 52

Chapter 4 Ancient Asians 70

Chapter 5 The Rise of Genus Homo 86

Geological Time Periods 95

Modern Discoveries about the First Humans 95

Time Line of Human Evolution 98

Glossary 99

Further Information 100

Selected Bibliography 104

Notes 104

Index 188

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