The Wisdom of the Bones

The Wisdom of the Bones

In Search of Human Origins

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
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

Blackwell North Amer
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.

Baker
& Taylor

Describes the discovery of a nearly complete skeleton of a teenage male that may represent the "missing link" between apes and modern humans during an expedition in Africa and provides a step-by-step analysis of the find and its significance. BOMC, QPB, History, & Newbridge Alt.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679426240
0679426248
Branch Call Number: 573.3 WAL
Characteristics: x, 336 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Shipman, Pat 1949-

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