By: Gibbons, Ann.

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306 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, map, tables. "(The) story of four international teams obsessed with solving the mysery of human evolution and of the intense rivalries that propel them. (The author) introduces the various maverick fossil hunters and describes their most significant discoveries in Africa. There is Tim White, the irreverent and brilliant Californian whose team discovered the partial skeleton of a primate that lived more than 4.4 million years ago in Ethiopia. If White can prove that it was hominid - an ancestor of humans and not of chimpanzees or other great apes - he can lay claim to discovering the oldest known member of the human family. As White painstakingly prepares the bones, the French paleontologist Michel Brunet comes forth with another, even more startling find. Well known for his work in the most remote and hostile locations, Brunet and his team uncover a stunning skull in Chad that could set the date of the beginnings of humankind to almost 7 million years ago. Two other groups - one led by the zoologist Meave Leakey, the other by the British geologist Martin Pickford and his partner, Brigitte Senut, a French paleontologist - enter the race with landmark disoveries of other fossils vying for the status of the first human ancestor. Through scrupulous research and vivid first-person reporting, 'The First Human' takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the intense challenges of fossil hunting on a grand competitive scale." Wrinkling and a tiny tear at the top of the spine, light wrinkling at the bottom of the spine, a few tiny glue stains on the rear board. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at the top of the spine, very light rubbing.


Author Name: Gibbons, Ann.

Categories: Natural History, Science & Technology,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Doubleday: 2006

ISBN Number: 0385512260

ISBN Number 13: 9780385512268

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 30647

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