Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind download epub
by Donald C. Johanson
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In his book, Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind (Touchstone Simon & Schuster 1990) Johanson and his co-author, Maitland Edey tell the fascinating tale of how they found Lucy, the most complete skeleton ever uncovered of an Australopithecene, the genus that immediately preceded Homo. Johanson got an idea, followed it despite adversity, disbelievers, money problems and set-backs.
Lucy the Beginning of Humankind. As a reader who has a sparse knowledge of anthropology, I can say this book was a pleasurable and informative read. Johanson divided the book into a prologue and five parts. by Donald C. Johanson. The prologue describes the events of November 30, 1974, the day Lucy was discovered. The first part covers a brief background to the earliest fossil finds and is invaluable to any reader who is interested in who's who among some of the earliest scientists working on human origins.
Johanson, Donald; Maitland Edey (1981). Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind. Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University. Donald C. Johanson, P. Biography and Interview". American Academy of Achievement. New York: Simon and Schuster.
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When Donald Johanson found a partical skeleton, approximately . million years old, in a remote . million years old, in a remote region of Ethiopia in 1974, a headline-making controversy was launched that continues on today.
It was here that he found Lucy, the most complete skeleton of a hominid ever discovered, a t tall, small-brained female who could walk erect upwards of three-and-a-half million years ago. She is hominid, but no. . She is hominid, but not Homo, and in a field notorious for war between lumpers and splitters, Johanson and colleague Tim White agree to call her Australopithecus afarensis, a species ancestral to both the later australopithecines and to Homo.