Lucy's Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins

Lucy's Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins

Donald Johanson, Kate Wong


“Lucy is a 3.2-million-year-old skeleton who has develop into the spokeswoman for human evolution. She could be the easiest identified and such a lot studied fossil hominid of the 20th century, the benchmark in which different discoveries of human ancestors are judged.”–From Lucy’s Legacy

In his big apple occasions bestseller, Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind, popular paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson instructed the great tale of his discovery of a partial lady skeleton that revolutionized the examine of human origins. Lucy actually replaced our realizing of our global and who we come from. due to the fact that dramatic locate in 1974, there was heated debate and–most important–more groundbreaking discoveries that experience extra remodeled our realizing of whilst and the way people developed.

In Lucy’s Legacy, Johanson takes readers on a desirable journey of the final 3 a long time of study–the most enjoyable interval of paleoanthropologic research to date. In that point, Johanson and his colleagues have exposed a complete of 363 specimens of Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy’s species, a transitional creature among apes and humans), spanning 400,000 years. accordingly, we have now a special fossil checklist of 1 department of our relatives tree–that kin being humanity–a tree that's believed to this point again a striking 7 million years.

Focusing on dramatic new fossil reveals and leap forward advances in DNA study, Johanson offers the most recent solutions that post-Lucy paleoanthropologists are discovering to questions corresponding to: How did Homo sapiens evolve? while and the place did our species originate? What separates hominids from the apes? What used to be the character of Neandertal and smooth human encounters? What mysteries approximately human evolution stay to be solved?

Donald Johanson is a passionate consultant on a rare trip from the traditional panorama of Hadar, Ethiopia–where Lucy used to be unearthed and the place many different interesting fossil discoveries have given that been made–to a seashore collapse South Africa that after sheltered early individuals of our personal species, and plenty of different major websites. Thirty-five years after Lucy, Johanson keeps to enthusiastically probe the origins of our species and what it capacity to be human.

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