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Ape in the Tree An Intellectual and Natural History of Proconsul

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ISBN-10: 0674016750

ISBN-13: 9780674016750

Edition: 2005

Authors: Alan Walker, Pat Shipman

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This book offers a unique insider's perspective on the unfolding discovery of a crucial link in our evolution: Proconsul, a fossil ape named whimsically after a performing chimpanzee called Consul. The Ape in the Tree is written in the voice of Alan Walker, whose involvement with Proconsul began when his graduate supervisor analyzed the tree-climbing adaptations in the arm and hand of this extinct creature. Today, Proconsul is the best-known fossil ape in the world. The history of ideas is set against the vivid adventures of Walker's fossil-hunting expeditions in remote regions of Africa, where the team met with violent thunderstorms, dangerous wildlife, and people isolated from the…    
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 4/15/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 312
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Alan Walker is Professor of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University. A Royal Society and MacArthur fellow, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1996, he and Pat Shipman won the prestigious Rhone-Poulenc Award for The Wisdom of the Bones.

Pat Shipman is a professor of anthropology at Penn State University. Coauthor of the award-winning The Ape in the Tree, she writes for American Scientist and lives in Moncure, North Carolina.

Author's Note
Luck and Unluck
Love and the Tree
An Arm and a Leg
The Lost and the Found
Back to the Miocene
An Embarrassment of Riches
How Did It Move?
How Many Proconsuls?
How Many Apes?
Something to Chew On
More on Teeth
Listening to the Past
Pronunciation of African Place Names