First Human The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors

ISBN-10: 140007696X
ISBN-13: 9781400076963
Edition: N/A
Authors: Ann Gibbons
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682

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.

ANN GIBBONS, the primary writer on human evolution forSciencemagazine for more than a decade, has taught science writing at Carnegie Mellon University. She has been a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Science Journalism Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Map: The Cradle of Humanity
"First Human" Fossil Finds by Year
Time Line: The Human Family
The Fossil Hunters
Introduction
Ancient Footsteps
African Trailblazers
Continental Divide
The Early Ancestor
Drawing Bloodlines
Lucy, the Late Ancestor
Defining Humans
Banishment
The Decade of Discovery
The Lady of the Lake
A View from Afar
The Root Ape
West Side Story
Turf Wars
Toeing the Line
Millennium Man
Toumai
Wisdom of the Bones
Bones of Contention
Habitat for Humanity
Acknowledgments
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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