Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind (2020)

Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind Donald C. Johanson Lucy The Beginnings of Humankind Collectible Hardcover with dust jacket autographed
  • Title: Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind
  • Author: Donald C. Johanson
  • ISBN: 9780671250362
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Hardcover
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  1. Jacqui

    I read this book when I was writing a paleo historic drama of the life of earliest man My characters were Homo habilines, but they cohabited Africa with Australopithecines, so to understand the co stars of my story, I turned to the man who has become the guru of earliest man Donald Johanson and his amazing find, Lucy.In his book, Lucy The Beginnings of Humankind Touchstone Simon Schuster 1990 Johanson and his co author, Maitland Edey tell the fascinating tale of how they found Lucy, the most com [...]

  2. Mark

    I saw Lucy at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana a while ago It was great to actually see this world famous skeleton of an Australopithecus Afarensis Lucy is about 3.5 million years old and stood about three feet tall So tiny

  3. Kmorgenstern

    I really enjoyed this book Others have presented a good summery of what it is about, so I won t repeat it here What I liked about this book was the very personal insight into the techniques and methods employed by paleontologists and the greater picture of the evolution of that science with regards to its historical context and biases that have shaped it Lucy is not the end of the line in that evolution and Johanson is well aware of it More fossils have been found since and theories have been p [...]

  4. Presley

    This book revolves around the discovery of the fossil of the Australopithecus Afarensis, Lucy It is told in the perspective of the man who discovered her, Donald Johanson Along with the discovery of the oldest hominid fossil, the book also tells about other important archeological finds that contributed to the theory of evolution, such as the Homo Habilis finds at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania and Homo Neanderthalensis remains in Shanidar Cave in Iraq and the famed Taung Baby The book talked about a [...]

  5. Philip

    Someone, somewhere must be working on a computer program that can measure and process the thousands of minute variations between hundreds of bones and fossils and conclude what the connections and links are between them Such a program will save future paleoanthropologists thousands of hours of painstaking work that the author went through while deciding whether or not Lucy was our ancestor, only to be challenged publicly by a famous anthropologist and then having to write this exhaustively thoro [...]

  6. Mariah

    In it s provision of such detailed, sequential paleoanthropologic evidence of hominid evolution, this book stimulates an intellectual questioning of religion if a pre human afarensis existed 3.5 million years ago, how does this align with a christian timeline The Findings of Four Notable Fossils Timeline Neanderthal Man 1856, Fuhlrott, Germany Java Ape Man 1891, Dubois, Java first known Homo Erectus Paranthropus 1938, Robert Broom, South Africa Robust Australopithecine Taung Baby 1924, Dart Aust [...]

  7. Nila

    I haven t read this book in maybe 15 years It s a book that I enjoy rereading which is unusual for me I was hunting for an audio version and saw I d never done a review.Johanson and his crew were exploring a site in Ethiopia that had yielded some fossils of interest in the recent past They discovered the nearly complete fossil of Lucy, a hominid than 3.5 million years old She was an upright walker and showed many evidences of being a pre modern human ancestor.This is a fascinating book It is a [...]

  8. hamptonenglish10

    Tyler JankowskiEmmett English4 4 2012Lucy The Beginnings of Humankind is the story behind the discovery of the oldest humanoid skeleton This book was not written by the man who discovered Lucy, but a man who loved the skeleton and the history of how it was discovered This book is a collection of the journal entries, quotes and actual information of the expedition After The discovery of Lucy, the book begins to talk about the evolution of man The book begins to tell where famous skeletons and bod [...]

  9. Raptor

    Originally, I started reading this to force myself to deal with anthropology it was part of my Human Biology class and I needed to know about it for the exam However, I didn t like the topic during the lecture all those monkeys and humanoids were simply boring.However, when I started reading this book, I could actually feel a lot of Johanson s excitement for his discoveries The first few chapters are the most interesting ones and the exam is long written and passed partly thanks to this book, or [...]

  10. Sarah

    Donald Johanson made me a believer Reading his description of the hunt for hominids, I wanted to get out there and discover the bones with him He makes a very good case for his Lucy who was the first of a new species of hominid Australopithecus afarensis The book looks at Don s turbulent relationship with the Leakeys, as well as the troubles he had is getting funding and other troubles with governments etc He gets into the science of how they dated Lucy, which is told in a way that the layperson [...]

  11. Gwen Veazey

    Loved this vivid and very readable account of fossil hunting in Ethiopia and the science and history of hominids How intriguing that over 3 million years ago a 3 1 2 foot tall Australopithecus afarensis with such a small brain had some characteristics almost the same as modern humans such as feet and teeth She was dubbed Lucy because the paleoanthropologists in the field, notably author Donald Johanson, a Beatles fan, celebrated finding her singing Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds around their camp [...]

  12. Mark

    Not a bad peek into the life and times of Don Johanson, the late 70s early 80s Don Johanson, discoverer of Lucy, sparrer with Leakey, namer of Australopithecus afarensis The most wild and down right ridiculous part of this book is when Johanson admits to grave robbing the local cemetery home to some of the relatives of his native guides to acquire human leg bones in order to make comparisons between them and some recently found fossilsAnd after reading Johanson s case for Ramapithecus, could it [...]

  13. Riccardo Cavaliere

    Quasi un romanzo, a tratti Eppure rende bene l idea di come la scienza proceda attraverso tesi poi confutate e riscritte in continuazione Inoltre l antropologia strettamente collegata ad altre scienze che permettono l analisi dei fossili da pi punti di vista e la loro datazione prende in considerazione una serie di parametri molto differenti Lettura interessante ma decisamente troppo lunga anche perch alcuni capitoli sono ormai troppo datati.

  14. Emily Decobert

    This book was a great enjoyment As a history major I loved the look into prehistoric humanity, but it is interesting enough for anyone who wants to know about the famous Lucy Part historical lesson and part treasure hunt, the only problem I saw was I got lost a few times and had to read again for clarity That may be my fault than the book s Also, it was written in the early 1980 s and the field has made great advancments, so it s a good idea to read modern books as well.

  15. Shannon

    Some bits of not so interesting details conflict between researchers an explanation of radiocarbon dating complete with chemical equations come to mind but worth it for excellent stories of the discovery of Lucy in the field fossil hunting paleoanthropology, and an explanation of the related social mechanisms that might have preceded bipedalism I wish this was in e book format because the margins in the paper book were huge the text was cramped making it difficult to read.

  16. Jamest.

    An insightful, compeling telling of the dicovery of one of our human ancestors from the dawn of humankind This fast paced, well written tale reads like a detective story than a dry work of science Donald Johanson s crisp storytelling style makes this an incredibly interesting and enjoyable read for both the expert and novice alike Edjucational, informative, and fun this book will be enjoyed by anyone who has ever asked Where do we come from.

  17. Karen

    A great read I was surprised both by how clearly he was able to explain the science to non scientists and how much it read like a story I was really in suspense wondering if Lucy was a hominid and why she walked on two legs I d like to read by Johanson, though I see his other books have different co authors, so they might read very differently.

  18. Sue Bridehead (A Pseudonym)

    An oldie but a goody One of the most influential books on my life, ever, was the followup to this book, Lucy s Child, which I read at 16 or 17 After reading that book, Tim White and Don J were my idols I wish I d kept that clear vision throughout my undergrad years This remains the most exciting academic field I can think of.

  19. Randy Rose

    I might be the only physical anthro guy who really did not like this book Johanson spends the first half of the book dissing everyone he has ever worked with It was an unprofessional bitch session not befitting a respected scientist If you re going to read this, I suggest skipping to Chapter 7 or Ch 4 for the very patient.

  20. Karen

    I first read this book when it first came out in the early 1980s It s what got me hooked on paleonathropology I didn t realize at the time how the field of study was just getting started Thirty years later, the book stands up well, though naturally some of the science has been updated by recent discoveries.

  21. Joe

    This is perhaps my all time favorite book It is a fascinating story about human evolution and the most important anthropological discovery of the last century the first upright walking pre human skeleton It gives a fascinating account of the discoveries, politics, and scientific fallout that shook the small and isolated scientific community of human archeologists.

  22. Alyssa

    I thought this book was really well written It made learning a bunch of science facts entertaining and easy to understand I also though that the chapters were designed so that if you only wanted to read that one chapter for some reason, you wouldn t be at a loss for understanding.

  23. Steven

    A wonderful book for the frustrated archaeologist paleoanthropologist I read this when it was first published and re read it last year Still very pertinent even though it is over 30 years ago especially in light of new findings in South Africa.

  24. Dylan

    I had to read this for my biological anthropology course which I recommend taking if you can and I think that it was fairly enjoyable all things considered There were some nice pictures and useful information If you re interested in the subject this would be a good book to read.

  25. J.R.

    A little dated now in light of new discoveries, but still an excellent overview up to Johanson s 1974 discovery of the tiny lady known as Lucy I originally read it when the book first came out and wanted a refresher on some points.

  26. David

    Read this in high school and changed this course of my life for a few years Lived in New Mexico and studied Archaeology Fascinating book Must be very dated by now, though Quite amazing at the time.

  27. Sudenly

    Puedo decir que es uno de los libros m s fascinantes que he le do, y no s lo por la tem tica sino la forma de abordarla Est maravillosamente escrito y explicado, no es necesario tener un conocimiento previo muy profundo sobre la tem tica, cosa que le agrega puntos a favor Excepcional.

  28. Chris Curtis

    Among younger working mathematicians and scientists there is generally disdain for popular accounts of science This is not without good reason However, this book is fabulous, and I have been wishing I majored in anthropology ever since I read it Excellent.

  29. S.L. Hawke

    Made the live of a physical anthropologist sound like fun and inspired me to pursue education in said major.It also captured the rivalry of the field once dominated by the Leakey Family and caught the unforgiving landscape of the site with dry humourous clarity.

  30. Ami

    I really enjoyed this book It was really fascinating to learn the history so far of paleoanthropology, as well as the discovery and study of Lucy I highly recommend this book for any fans of human origins and history.

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