By Dr. Donald Johanson, Kate Wong
“Lucy is a 3.2-million-year-old skeleton who has develop into the spokeswoman for human evolution. She is likely to be the simplest recognized and such a lot studied fossil hominid of the 20th century, the benchmark through which different discoveries of human ancestors are judged.”–From Lucy’s Legacy
In his New York Times bestseller, Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind, well known paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson instructed the excellent tale of his discovery of a partial lady skeleton that revolutionized the research of human origins. Lucy actually replaced our realizing of our global and who we come from. when you consider that that dramatic locate in 1974, there was heated debate and–most important–more groundbreaking discoveries that experience extra reworked our realizing of whilst and the way people advanced.
In Lucy’s Legacy, Johanson takes readers on a desirable journey of the final 3 many years of study–the most enjoyable interval of paleoanthropologic research so far. 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, now we have a special fossil list of 1 department of our kin tree–that kinfolk being humanity–a tree that's believed thus far again a stunning 7 million years.
Focusing on dramatic new fossil unearths and step forward advances in DNA examine, Johanson offers the most recent 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 rare trip from the traditional panorama of Hadar, Ethiopia–where Lucy was once unearthed and the place many different fascinating fossil discoveries have due to the fact been made–to a beach collapse South Africa that after sheltered early participants of our personal species, and plenty of different major websites. Thirty-five years after Lucy, Johanson maintains to enthusiastically probe the origins of our species and what it ability to be human.
From the Hardcover edition.