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Seller: ancientgifts (4,186) 99.3%, Location: Ferndale, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122193068251 Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click Here. Double your traffic. Get Vendio Gallery - Now FREE! Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! The Amazing, Critically Acclaimed History of the Dramatic Discovery of Mankind’s Oldest Remains – Lucy! By Donald Johanson and Maitland Edey. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: If you have any interest in archaeology or the origins of mankind, this is a MUST READ. Acclaimed both by critics as well as the general public – the story of one of the most significant finds ever of Paleoanthropology. 409 pages. Publisher: Simon and Schuster; (1981). When Donald Johanson discovered a partial skeleton, approximately 3.5 million years old, in the remote Afar region of Ethiopia in November of 1974, he knew he had stumbled onto something unique. Bursting with all the suspense and intrigue of a fast-paced adventure novel, and filled with lively, up-to-the-minute scientific detail and marvelous illustrations in color and black-and-white, this significant book unfolds the extraordinary discovery of “Lucy”, the oldest, most complete, best-preserved skeleton of any erect-walking human ancestor ever found, and the first new species to be named in more than 15 years. The book reveals the controversial change Lucy makes in our view of human origins, and provides a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of the entire history of paleoanthropology; as well as the eccentric, colorful characters who are and were a part of it. In January 1979, Johanson’s startling “official” announcement of his discovery of Lucy (which is how the world knows her, from the Beatle’s song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” even though her scientific name is Australopithecus afarensis), was an event that captured headlines, catapulted a young, relatively unknown American paleoanthropologist into international acclaim, and created a spirited, ongoing controversy among experts; including most notably Mary and Richard Leakey, in this wonderfully enigmatic field of fierce rivalries and astonishing breakthroughs. The story behind the controversy between Johanson and Richard Leakey over the significance of Lucy is revealed here fully for the first time, and marks the first real and successful challenge to the “Leakey Dynasty” ever made. What was Lucy? Her brain was too small to be a human’s, yet she walked upright, the very hallmark of being human. Where on the meticulously worked out line of human evolution; the “family tree”, did she fit? As Johanson confronts, and answers these hard questions and others, he takes us with him into the field and into the lab as he analyzes his new fossils (the year after he discovered Lucy, he discovered fossils of at least 13 individuals who were probably related and are now known as the “First Family”), conducts ever more ambitious expeditions, consults with colleagues, experiences doubts, conquers his own biases, and gains fresh insights along the way. And he takes us back into time, letting us relive the discoveries of Raymond Dart’s Taung Baby, the Java “Ape-Man”, the controversial Piltdown Man, and many others. We are also introduced to such fascinating people as Robert Brook, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Raymond Dart, Louis Leakey, Sir Arthur Keith, Eugene Dubois, and others. We learn about potassium-argon dating (how age is determined), how and why our ancestors began to walk upright, and the differences and similarities between apes and humans; and much more. Never before have the mystery and intricacy of our origins, a subject of endless fascination, been so clearly and compellingly explained as in this astonishing book. Illustrated with 8 pages of color, 32 black-and-white photographs, and 142 line drawings, diagrams, charts, and endpaper maps. CONDITION: GOOD. Clean (but not entirely unblemished) hardcover w/dustjacket. Simon & Schuster (1981) 409 pages. Inside the binding is so tight one would think the book had never been read. However there are a few, occasional underlines and margin notations (in ink, very neat with a small hand). The owner also placed a paste-down label ("from the library of...") on the first free paper (the first blank, unprinted page within the book). Otherwise the pages are clean, crisp, unmutilated, and very tightly bound. There is moderate edge and corner shelfwear to the dustjacket. It's not really that it is torn (there is only one tiny, 1/2' closed, neatly mended edge tear to the top edge of the front side of the dustjacket neat the top, open corner), it's just that there is some rubbing and general edge wear, principally in the form of rubbing and minute chipping to the spine head and heel. The dustjacket spine is also light-faded. Beneath the dustjacket the quarter cloth covers are absolutely clean evidencing only very, very faint edge and corner shelfwear. Though the book lacks the "sex appeal" of a "shelf trophy", nonetheless as a budget-priced "reading copy", it is otherwise only lightly read and other than the occasional underlining and marginalia, and a slightly worn dustjacket, very clean. For those not concerned with whether the book will or will not enhance their social status or intellectual reputation, it's a solid reading copy at an attractive price. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #016g. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Donald Johanson found a partial skeleton, approximately 3.5 million years old, in a remote region of Ethiopia in 1974, a headline-making controversy was launched that continues on today. Bursting with all the suspense and intrigue of a fast-paced adventure novel, here is Johanson's lively account of the extraordinary discovery of "Lucy", the oldest, best-preserved skeleton of any erect-walking human ancestor ever found. By expounding the controversial change Lucy makes in our view of human origins, Johanson provides a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of the history of paleoanthropology and the colorful, eccentric characters who were and are a part of it. Never before have the mystery and intricacy of our origins been as clearly and compellingly explained as in this astonishing and dramatic book. 409 pages. Dr. Donald Johanson, one of the world’s leading paleoanthropologists, was born in Chicago, Illinoise in 1943. He received his B.A. in Anthropology in 1966 from the University of Illinois, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in 1970 and 1974 from the University of Chicago, where he studied under the distinguished paleoanthropologist F. Clark Howell. In 1973, when Johanson was co-directing the International Afar Research Expedition, he discovered a perfectly preserved knee joint at the Hadar site in Ethiopia. This historic discovery represented the oldest anatomical evidence for man’s bipedal stature and locomotion, the hallmark of mankind. The following year, also at Hadar, Johnason found Lucy; the year after that, the “First Family”. In 1974 he became Curator of Physical Anthropology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and in 1976, Director of scientific Research as well. He held Adjunct Professor appointments at Case Western Reserve and Kent State Universities. Dr. Johanson has traveled and lectured in Europe, the United States, Africa, and the Middle East, and published hundreds of scientific and popular articles in such magazines as Science, Nature, and National Geographic. “Lucy” was his first book. “Lucy’s Child” was its sequel. Co-Author of “Lucy” was Maitland A. Edey, one of America’s foremost science writers of the time. Edey was a graduate of Princeton University and a former editor of Life and Time-Life Books. “Lucy” was his tenth book. Two of his previous books had dealt with the subject of paleoanthropology. One of those was in collaboration with F. Clark Howell. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: Donald Johanson, the discoverer, in 1974, of "Lucy", the oldest skeleton of an erect-walking human yet found, reports the story of his internationally acclaimed find and speculates on its meaning for the understanding of our origin. “Lucy” is unquestionably an amazing scientific success story. It is a brilliant, prodigious work, and a world-wide “must read”. REVIEW: “Lucy” is absolutely the most enthralling book I have ever read on the discoveries, and their discoverers, during this century of fossil humans and their forerunners. That it is coauthored by the discoverer of one of the most interesting of these forms adds both drama and authority to this utterly fascinating book. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: The value of this book hasn't diminished with the passage of time. Its compelling story of the growth of paleoanthropology in the 20th Century remains unmatched. Johanson's role should be known to most, but this personal relation endures as a landmark for those interested in the development of humanity. He's given us a lucid story of the life and work of the paleoanthropologist both in the field and laboratory. He is candid in assessing other workers and himself in tracing the line of descent from ape-like creatures to modern humans. He opens with a peerless overview of the key figures in the field, their insights, prejudices, successes and failures. The field was dominated by British research. The small German community of scientists held little challenge, and American researchers were nonexistent. Heady with victories that had left the Victorian Empire firmly established, the British stoutly maintained that intelligent humans were the product of the North European environment. Tropic peoples were torpid and apathetic. The harsher conditions of Northern Europe had forced increased cranial capacity, leading to intelligence. Brain growth, in their view, had preceded human bipedalism. If cranial enlargement was shown to be of British origins, so much the better. The Piltdown find was a prime example of that scenario, nearly universally accepted as fitting into the preconceived assumption. When a tiny skull found in 1925 in South Africa indicated that a human ancestor walked upright over a million years ago, there was consternation. Modern human roots couldn't be African and bipedalism before intelligence seemed outlandish. The Taung Child, however, couldn't be refuted, increasing the attention to African origins. Louis Leakey led the campaign and his many striking finds captured headlines and brought notoriety; and funding. More importantly, the new discoveries at last made it possible to begin drawing lines of human descent. While the Leakey team disclosures pushed the age of human origins into a more distant past, it was Johanson's discovery of an unusually complete skeleton that rocked the world. Finding ancestral human more than three million years old unseated the Leakey team as the leading paleoanthropological group and catapulted Johanson to the top. Johanson's account of making the find and his subsequent discoveries makes vivid reading. His outlook is modest enough, admitting to uncommon luck and the support of a talented team. He also shows the value of perseverance in his field. None of this detracts from the science and the struggle he and Tim White endured in presenting Lucy as a likely ancestor to us. The later clash with the Leakey family was disconcerting at a time when some unity was needed to establish the path human evolution has taken. All these circumstances are related without rancor, done in a highly effective homey style. Johanson's respect is deserved, both as a writer and field researcher. The shining jewel in this account remains the description of a seminar given to Johanson's graduate students by Owen Lovejoy. Lovejoy, an expert in animal locomotion, gives the clearest brief account of the course of human evolution yet offered. In a mere twenty-some pages, he shows how humans departed from other primates in bipedalism, sexual and child- rearing habits leading to modern family and community relationships. If for nothing else, this essay gives this book inestimable value. It remains unmatched, and belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in our origins. REVIEW: I have to say that this was the book that made me seriously interested in paleontology and archaeology. I first read it in 6th grade (no, it is not a children's book), and I enjoyed the anecdotes that Johanson provided time and again. I read it again when I was in a teenager, and I realized just how wonderful the book really is. Johanson provides an in-depth look into the life of a paleontologist (himself) while detailing his work in simple, easy to understand language. Even the difficult scientific methods and information were described in a way that makes them accessible to the common people; or at least people who are not archaeology majors. I was amazed at his ability to write an interesting, yet incredibly truthful account of the discovery of "Lucy", presumed to be the "first" human; in other words, the missing link in the evolutionary tree between humans and animals (primates). The book began my love of all things related to paleontology and archaeology, which I hope will never be sated! I recommend that anyone who was ever curious about dinosaurs as a child, or the exciting reality that these people see things that have not been seen for millions of years, or where in the world we came from, how we got to be who we are; in short, anyone and everyone, please take the time to borrow, if not buy this book! REVIEW: As a reader who has a sparse knowledge of anthropology, I can say this book was a pleasurable and informative read. Dr. Johanson divided the book into a prologue and five parts. The prologue describes the events of November 30, 1974, the day Lucy was discovered. The first part covers a brief background to the earliest fossil finds and is invaluable to any reader who is interested in who's who among some of the earliest scientists working on human origins. Part two covers his actual field expeditions to East Africa. During his first field season, Johanson became concerned about financing when his original grant of $43,000 was dwindling away. It is interesting to note, as Johanson describes about anthropology, that science is more than just field work and analysis. There are political, financial, and human relation issues that need to be mastered for the mission to succeed. I found part three, the analysis of Lucy, to be the most compelling. Johanson includes Le Gros Clark's paper and accompanying illustrations to highlight eight differences between chimpanzee jaws and human jaws. Knowledge of these differences were of immeasurable value in the analysis of an australopithecine jaw. Part four delivers a brief account of how our ancestors began to walk upright. I found this to be interesting but highly speculative. The final section includes drawings of how australopithecus afarensis may have appeared. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a desire to know more about human ancestors and how a paleoanthropologist proceeds in uncovering our past. REVIEW: This book allows for those readers who know nothing about the archaeological world a glimpse into the past. For those readers, such as myself, I congratulate the author and encourage others to read this book. It is an interesting look into the events leading to the discovery of Humankind's oldest known ancestor, Lucy, and chronicles Dr. Johanson's growth from hot-shot college graduate to experienced, world renown field worker. As it is from his perspective, it gives a more personable and personal angle to the story as a whole. This is surely the most interesting book I have ever read. It is hard to let go once you start reading. Dr. Johanson takes the reader into the field with him, and makes him part of the excitement. A must read book. REVIEW: Johanson has a writing style that instantly draws the reader into the book. He gives a good history of paleoanthropology before heading into the real story about his own fossil finds. Three quarters of the book is narrative on the years he was in the field interlaced with short stories about other paleoanthropologists. He writes with an unbiased, pleasant style that is lacking in most scientists. The book is written so well that most people even if they are not interested in the topic could get enjoyment from it. It’s a gripping work that blends the history of paleoanthropology with modern techniques and Johanson's enlightening insight into a remarkably enjoyable scientific work. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. 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