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The first human : the race to discover our earliest ancestors

Gibbons, Ann. (Author).

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Kirtland Community College Library GN 282 .G53 2007 30775305532252 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781400076963
  • ISBN: 140007696X
  • Physical Description: print
    xix, 303 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
  • Edition: 1st Anchor books ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2007, ©2006.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 280-291) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Map: the cradle of humanity -- "First Human" fossil finds by year -- Time line: the human family -- The fossil hunters -- African trailblazers -- Continental divide -- The early ancestor -- Drawing bloodlines -- Lucy, the late ancestor -- Defining humans -- Banishment -- The lady of the lake -- A view from afar -- The root ape -- West side story -- Turf wars -- Toeing the line -- Millennium man -- Toumaï -- Bones of contention -- Habitat for humanity.
Summary, etc.: "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."--Publisher's description.
Subject: Fossil hominids
Human evolution
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