The Lucy Man: The Scientist Who Found the Most Famous Fossil Ever

The Lucy Man: The Scientist Who Found the Most Famous Fossil Ever

by CAP Saucier
     
 

This revealing biography, written for a younger audience of school-age children, describes Donald Johanson’s remarkable life and career. In 1974, Johanson discovered "Lucy" (Australopithecus afarensis)—the first skeleton of an upright-walking human ancestor that was mostly complete and well-preserved . Johanson went on to discover an entire

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This revealing biography, written for a younger audience of school-age children, describes Donald Johanson’s remarkable life and career. In 1974, Johanson discovered "Lucy" (Australopithecus afarensis)—the first skeleton of an upright-walking human ancestor that was mostly complete and well-preserved . Johanson went on to discover an entire group of Lucy’s species, called the First Family. He has also co-written nine books and narrated and hosted an Emmy-nominated television series. Today, he continues to give talks around the world, and remains dedicated to educating people about how we became human.

In some quarters, evolution is a controversial topic and so Johanson has devoted much time to helping people understand that human evolution is how we are connected by nature to all other life on Earth. The author presents details of the scientist’s work, not just in regard to Lucy, but also other significant fossil finds, with up-to-date information on the most recent discoveries. In addition, she discusses his personal life, including his disagreement with the Leakey family and the regrettable damage it did to their friendship.

As a longtime friend, the author had the opportunity to travel with Johanson and interview him on different continents, from America to Europe and Africa. For this book, he has freely answered questions and generously donated many of his own photographs to the project.

Beautifully illustrated with numerous photographs of the anthropologist at every stage of his illustrious career, this book will teach students about the fascinating study of human evolution and inspire some to go on to make the next great discovery.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
In 1974 Donald Johanson discovered one of the most amazing archeological finds in human history. While excavating a site in Ethiopia, Dr. Johanson unearthed the bones of a humanoid figure of diminutive stature. This "person" was to be called "Lucy" and represented a major breakthrough in the sequential study of human development. Dr. Johanson went on to uncover additional fossilized skeletons of Lucy-like figures that came to be known as the "First Family." Collectively, these discoveries represented an enormous breakthrough in the archeological study of human origins. In this biographical study readers are introduced to the singular work of an amazing scientist. However, while a person can be tremendously successful in their professional life, they can simultaneously suffer personal defeats. In this biography CAP Saucier relates not only the great successes of Dr. Johanson but also the damaged friendships, lost relationships, and competitive nature that made up part of his life. Written with the insights afforded to a friend of the subject, this biography combines interesting scientific data with the story of a complex and extremely talented human being. The presentation of the Lucy discovery and its significance in the field of scientific study is a fascinating feature of this work. That substantive topic is enhanced by the author's ability to demonstrate the life experiences and decisions made by Dr. Johanson. The end result of this approach is a book that will educate readers about a major scientific breakthrough while also illustrating the way in which an individual's personality can affect their work. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616144333
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
03/22/2011
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

CAP Saucier (Cockeysville, MD) is a freelance artist, illustrator, and writer.

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