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The Resource Seven skeletons : the evolution of the world's most famous human fossils, Lydia Pyne

Seven skeletons : the evolution of the world's most famous human fossils, Lydia Pyne

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Seven skeletons : the evolution of the world's most famous human fossils
Title
Seven skeletons
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the evolution of the world's most famous human fossils
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Lydia Pyne
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Language
eng
Summary
"Over the last century, the search for human ancestors has spanned four continents and resulted in the discovery of hundreds of fossils. Most of these discoveries live quietly in museum collections, but some have become celebrities, embraced by wide audiences and held as touchstones in how we understand our human origins. In Seven Skeletons, historian of science Lydia Pyne explores how seven of them gained their fame. Pyne introduces readers to the Neanderthal of La Chapelle, the prototype for one hundred years of caveman caricatures; the Piltdown Man, Charles Dawson's 'dawn-ape,' accepted by the scientific establishment for forty years before it was revealed to be an elaborate hoax; the Taung Child, a tiny skull whose renown rests on the doggedness of its discoverer; bones from China collectively known as Peking Man, lost forever during World War II; Lucy, named for the Beatles song and an icon of evolution; the three-foot-tall 'hobbit' from Flores, Indonesia; and 2008's Australopithecus sediba, a fossil with its own Twitter account. Drawing from paleoanthropology, interviews, museum exhibitions, science fiction, and even poetry, Pyne brings to life each fossil. She also captures their equally important, and compelling, afterlife--how they are described, put on display, and shared among scientific communities and the broader public. Some fossils, such as the Taung Child, sparked debates over the elusive 'missing link' between humans and apes. Others, like Lucy, become the fossil that all new discoveries are measured against. Seven Skeletons puts the impact of paleoanthropology into new context--a joyful reminder of how our past as a species continues to affect, in astonishing ways, our present culture and imagination."--Dust jacket
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Pyne, Lydia V
Dewey number
569.9
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GN282
LC item number
.P96 2016
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Fossil hominids
  • Human evolution
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Seven skeletons : the evolution of the world's most famous human fossils, Lydia Pyne
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Publication
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-264) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
Introduction: famous fossils, hidden histories -- The old man of La Chapelle: the patriarch of paleo -- Piltdown: a name without a fossil -- The Taung child: the rise of a folk hero -- Peking Man: a curious case of paleo-noir -- The ascension of an icon: Lucy in the sky -- The precious: Flo's life as a hobbit -- Sediba: TBD (to be determined) -- Afterword: O fortuna!: a bit of luck, a bit of skill
Control code
2016008398
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
276 pages
Isbn
9780525429852
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016008398
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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illustrations
Label
Seven skeletons : the evolution of the world's most famous human fossils, Lydia Pyne
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-264) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: famous fossils, hidden histories -- The old man of La Chapelle: the patriarch of paleo -- Piltdown: a name without a fossil -- The Taung child: the rise of a folk hero -- Peking Man: a curious case of paleo-noir -- The ascension of an icon: Lucy in the sky -- The precious: Flo's life as a hobbit -- Sediba: TBD (to be determined) -- Afterword: O fortuna!: a bit of luck, a bit of skill
Control code
2016008398
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
276 pages
Isbn
9780525429852
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016008398
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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