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

Pyne, Lydia V., author. (Author).
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Benton County Public Library - Fowler 569.923 PYN (Text) 34044000901031 ADULT NONFICTION Available -
Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County - Angola 569.9 PYN (Text) 33118000176903 Adult: New Book Checked out 10/27/2016
Eckhart Public Library - Main 569.9 PYN (Text) 840191002256180 New Nonfiction - Main Floor Available -
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Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch 569.9 PYNE (Text) 33946003133910 New Books . 2nd Floor Checked out 10/26/2016
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Mooresville Public Library - Mooresville 569.9 PYN (Text) 37323005278125 NEW-BKS Available -
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library 569.9 Pyne (Text) 31208912482322 new non-fiction Checked out 10/24/2016
Seymour Main Library 569.9 PYNE (Text) 9780525429852S On Order On order -
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  • ISBN: 9780525429852
  • ISBN: 0525429859
  • Physical Description: 276 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2016]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (247-264) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 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.
Summary, etc.: "A science historian describes seven famous ancestral fossils that have become known around the world, including the three-foot tall "hobbit" from Flores, the Neanderthal of La Chapelle, the Taung Child, the Piltdown Man hoax, Peking Man, Australopithecus sediba and Lucy,"--NoveList.
"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.
Subject: Fossil hominids.
Human evolution.

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