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The Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed Our View of Human Evolution

Falk, Dean

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ISBN 10: 0520266706 / ISBN 13: 9780520266704
Verlag: University of California Press, 2011
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Two discoveries of early human relatives, one in 1924 and one in 2003, radically changed scientific thinking about our origins. Dean Falk, a pioneer in the field of human brain evolution, offers this fast-paced insider?s account of these discoveries, the behind-the-scenes politics embroiling the scientists who found and analyzed them, and the academic and religious controversies they generated. The first is the Taung child, a two-million-year-old skull from South Africa that led anatomist Raymond Dart to argue that this creature had walked upright and that Africa held the key to the fossil ancestry of our species. The second find consisted of the partial skeleton of a three-and-a-half-foot-tall woman, nicknamed Hobbit, from Flores Island, Indonesia. She is thought by scientists to belong to a new, recently extinct species of human, but her story is still unfolding. Falk, who has studied the brain casts of both Taung and Hobbit, reveals new evidence crucial to interpreting both discoveries and proposes surprising connections between this pair of extraordinary specimens.

Umschlagtext: "With wit and authority, Falk tells the parallel stories of two fossil discoveries that surprised the world, revealing the larger significance of these finds. Her lively recounting combines new historical research with her first-hand involvement in controversial interpretations."—Pat Shipman, author of The Animal Connection and The Man Who Found the Missing Link

“An absorbing and engagingly personal account, by a leading participant, of two of the major “brain wars? that have raged along the path to our current understanding of human evolution.?--Ian Tattersall, author of The Fossil Trail and Human Origins

“In The Fossil Chronicles, Falk engages us with a ‘tale of two brains?. While navigating the surfaces of these ancient brains, she reveals the convolutions of scientific controversies and how personalities and paleopolitics shape the ways we think about human evolution.?—Nina G. Jablonski, author of Skin: A Natural History

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Titel: The Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial...

Verlag: University of California Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2011

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