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In this book, Ann Gibbons chronicles an extraordinary quest to answer the most primal of questions - when and where was the dawn of humankind? Following four intensely competitive international teams of scientists in a heated race to find the 'missing link' - the fossil of the earliest human ancestor - Gibbons ventures to Africa, where she encounters a fascinating array of fossil hunters - Tim White, the irreverent Californian who discovered the partial skeleton of a primate that lived 4.4 million years ago in Ethiopia; French paleontologist Michel Brunet, who uncovers a skull in Chad that could date the beginnings of humankind to seven million years ago; and two other groups - one led by zoologist Meave Leakey, the other by British geologist Martin Pickford and his French paleontologist partner, Brigitte Senut - who enter the race with landmark discoveries of their own. Through scrupulous research and vivid first-person reporting, 'The First Human' reveals the perils and the promises of fossil hunting on a grand competitive scale.

Detalhes do Produto

    • Ano:  2006
    • País de Produção: United States
    • Código de Barras:  9780385512268
    • ISBN:  0385512260
    • Encadernação:  CAPA DURA
    • Altura: 23.50 cm
    • Largura: 15.20 cm
    • Nº de Páginas:  306

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