Lucy's Legacy

Lucy's Legacy

The Quest for Human Origins

Book - 2010
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"In his New York times bestseller, Lucy: the beginnings of humankind, renowned paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson told the incredible story of his discovery of a partial female skeleton that revolutionized the study of human origins. Since that dramatic find in 1974, there has been heated debate and more groundbreaking research--including the discovery of Ardi--that have further transformed our understanding of when and how humans evolved"--Cover p. 4.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, c2010
Edition: 1st pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780307396402
Branch Call Number: 569.9 JOH
Characteristics: viii, 321 p. : col. ill., map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Wong, Kate

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VaughanPLKelly May 11, 2017

Although it was interesting to read about how the discovery of Lucy influenced future research and fieldwork from the paleoanthropologist who found her, as well as the various debates on the origins of hominids, I would have preferred less focus on what the researchers ate. Of course, the human element is meant to make this complicated topic more accessible. A basic knowledge of paleoanthropology and hominids is recommended prior to reading.

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crazy_teacher
Apr 06, 2014

Absolutely brilliantly written desciption of evolution, the search for fossil evidence, and the people involved.

One of the best books I have ever read on the subject!

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sess430
Apr 29, 2013

Dr. Johanson relates the new discoveries in paleoanthropology since his team discovered Lucy in 1974. It's a well-written easily readable book although it contains many names of eminent scientists - geologists, paleontologists, anthropologists and archaeologists whose work has contributed to the body of knowledge about early hominids. The author also narrated the PBS NOVA series titled "In Search of Human Origins". The 1st episode was filmed at the Hadar site in Ethiopia where Lucy was found.

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