Born in Africa The Quest for the Origins of Human Life

ISBN-10: 1610391055
ISBN-13: 9781610391054
Edition: N/A
Authors: Martin Meredith
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Book details

List price: $18.50
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 5/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Africa does not give up its secrets easily. Buried there lie answers about the origins of humankind. After a century of investigation, scientists have transformed our understanding about the beginnings of human life. But vital clues still remain hidden.InBorn in Africa, Martin Meredith follows the trail of discoveries about human origins made by scientists over the last hundred years, recounting their intense rivalry, personal feuds, and fierce controversies as well as their feats of skill and endurance.The results have been momentous. Scientists have identified more than twenty species of extinct humans. They have firmly established Africa as the birthplace not only of humankind but also of modern humans. They have revealed how early technology, language ability, and artistic endeavour all originated in Africa; and they have shown how small groups of Africans spread out from Africa in an exodus sixty thousand years ago to populate the rest of the world. We have all inherited an African past.

Maps
Preface
Introduction
Part 1
The Valley of Wild Sisal
Dart's Child
Broom's Triumph
White African
Dear Boy
Handy Man
Koobi Fora
Hadar
Laetoli
Bones of Contention
Turkana Boy
A Dance Through Time
New Frontiers
Little Foot
Part 2
Prototypes
Pioneers
Sapiens
Exodus
Glossary
Notes on Sources
Selected Bibliography
Index

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