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The wisdom of the bones : in search of human origins, Alan Walker and Pat Shipman

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The wisdom of the bones : in search of human origins
Title
The wisdom of the bones
Title remainder
in search of human origins
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Alan Walker and Pat Shipman
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • A remarkable discovery was made a decade ago on a dig in northern Kenya. When all the bone and skull fragments were painstakingly pieced together, they revealed the nearly complete skeleton of a teenage male (nicknamed Nariokotome boy, after a nearby sand river). Faced with the best-ever specimen of Homo erectus - a species long identified as the proverbial missing link between apes and humans - paleoanthropologist Alan Walker embarked on a long-term investigation of that species's nature. In this book, telling the story of that inquiry, he introduces us to his ever surprising, deeply engrossing world
  • Walker examines even the tiniest of bones and the subtlest of clues in his analysis. He first recounts the story of the more-than-century-long search for the "missing link," a bizarre and compelling saga made up of brilliant science and speculative nonsense. Then he builds, step-by-step, on some of his predecessors' assumptions, and he challenges others, using state-of-the-art techniques to reveal the truth. In Walker's hands the bones reveal an amazing amount of information about the Nariokotome boy's anatomy and the way he lived. We watch as Walker deduces from the evidence that community and cooperation were already very important at this stage of human evolution; that the boy was modern in climatic adaptation and locomotion yet archaic in growth pattern; and that the boy could not speak. In Walker's final assessment this last insight becomes the most important one
Summary
Describes the discovery in Africa of a nearly complete skeleton of a teenage male that may represent the "missing link" between apes and modern humans and provides a step-by-step analysis of the find and its significance
Writing style
Award
Royal Society General Prizes for Science Books, 1997.
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166448
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
573.3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
GN284
LC item number
.W35 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 1996 I-147
  • GN 284
NLM item number
W177w 1996
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Target audience
adult
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in search of human origins
Label
The wisdom of the bones : in search of human origins, Alan Walker and Pat Shipman
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http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/description/random049/95037525.html
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-326) and index
Control code
176975
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 338 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780679426240
Lccn
95037525
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm33008889
  • (OCoLC)33008889
Label
The wisdom of the bones : in search of human origins, Alan Walker and Pat Shipman
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/description/random049/95037525.html
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-326) and index
Control code
176975
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 338 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780679426240
Lccn
95037525
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm33008889
  • (OCoLC)33008889

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