The Resource The fossil trail : how we know what we think we know about human evolution, Ian Tattersall

The fossil trail : how we know what we think we know about human evolution, Ian Tattersall

Label
The fossil trail : how we know what we think we know about human evolution
Title
The fossil trail
Title remainder
how we know what we think we know about human evolution
Statement of responsibility
Ian Tattersall
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • One of the most remarkable fossil finds in history occurred in Laetoli, Tanzania, in 1974, when anthropologist Andrew Hill (diving to the ground to avoid a lump of elephant dung thrown by a colleague) came face to face with a set of ancient footprints captured in stone - the earliest recorded steps of our far-off human ancestors, some three million years old. Today we can see a recreation of the making of the Laetoli footprints at the American Museum of Natural History in a stunning diorama which depicts two of our human forebears walking side by side through a snowy landscape of volcanic ash. But how do we know what these three-million-year-old relatives looked like? How have we reconstructed the eons-long journey from our first ancient steps to where we stand today? In short, how do we know what we think we know about human evolution?
  • In The Fossil Trail, Ian Tattersall, the head of the Anthropology Department at the American Museum of Natural History, takes us on a sweeping tour of the study of human evolution, offering a colorful history of fossil discoveries and a revealing insider's look at how these finds have been interpreted - and misinterpreted - through time. All the major figures and discoveries are here. We meet Lamarck and Cuvier and Darwin (we learn that Darwin's theory of evolution, though a bombshell, was very congenial to a Victorian ethos of progress), right up to modern theorists such as Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould
Additional physical form
Also available as an electronic book via the World Wide Web to institutions affiliated with netLibrary, Inc
Cataloging source
LC
Dewey number
573.2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GN281
LC item number
.T357 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The fossil trail : how we know what we think we know about human evolution, Ian Tattersall
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-262) and index
  • Includes index and bibliographical references
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  • mel
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • text
  • text
Content type code
  • txt
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Before Darwin -- Darwin and after -- Pithecanthropus -- The early twentieth century -- Out of Africa... -- ...Always something new -- The synthesis -- Olduvai Gorge -- Rama's ape meets the mighty molecule -- Omo and turkana -- Hadar, Lucy, and Laetoli -- Theory intrudes -- Eurasia and Africa: odds and ends -- Turkana and Olduvai-again -- The cave-man vanishes -- Candelabras and continuity -- Where are we?
Control code
000011143548
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 276 p.
File format
unknown
Isbn
9780585111780
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Lccn
94031633
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill., maps
Quality assurance targets
unknown
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.b34028420
Reformatting quality
unknown
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30972979
  • ms34028420

Library Locations

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