By Donald Johanson, Kate Wong
“Lucy is a 3.2-million-year-old skeleton who has develop into the spokeswoman for human evolution. She might be the easiest identified and such a lot studied fossil hominid of the 20 th century, the benchmark during which different discoveries of human ancestors are judged.”–From Lucy’s Legacy
In his ny occasions bestseller, Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind, popular paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson advised the amazing tale of his discovery of a partial woman skeleton that revolutionized the research of human origins. Lucy actually replaced our realizing of our global and who we come from. for the reason that that dramatic locate in 1974, there was heated debate and–most important–more groundbreaking discoveries that experience extra reworked our knowing of while and the way people advanced.
In Lucy’s Legacy, Johanson takes readers on a desirable journey of the final 3 a long time of study–the most fun interval of paleoanthropologic research to this point. In that point, Johanson and his colleagues have exposed a complete of 363 specimens of Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy’s species, a transitional creature among apes and humans), spanning 400,000 years. therefore, we've got a different fossil list of 1 department of our kin tree–that relations being humanity–a tree that's believed up to now again a miraculous 7 million years.
Focusing on dramatic new fossil reveals and leap forward advances in DNA learn, Johanson presents the newest solutions that post-Lucy paleoanthropologists are discovering to questions reminiscent of: How did Homo sapiens evolve? while and the place did our species originate? What separates hominids from the apes? What used to be the character of Neandertal and smooth human encounters? What mysteries approximately human evolution stay to be solved?
Donald Johanson is a passionate consultant on a unprecedented trip from the traditional panorama of Hadar, Ethiopia–where Lucy was once unearthed and the place many different intriguing fossil discoveries have due to the fact been made–to a seashore collapse South Africa that when sheltered early individuals of our personal species, and lots of different major websites. Thirty-five years after Lucy, Johanson keeps to enthusiastically probe the origins of our species and what it capability to be human.