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Adventures in the Bone Trade : The Race to Discover Human Ancestors in Ethiopia's Afar Depression - Jon E. Kalb

Adventures in the Bone Trade

The Race to Discover Human Ancestors in Ethiopia's Afar Depression

Hardcover Published: 27th October 2000
ISBN: 9780387987422
Number Of Pages: 389

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Over the past 25 years, a stream of fossil and artifact discoveries in the Afar Depression of Ethiopia has produced the longest single record of human ancestors in the world. Many of the fossils found in this region are the missing links leading to modern humans. This book chronicles the exploration of this unique desert area, focusing especially on the 1970s when the valley was mapped and many fossils and archeological sites were discovered. The author gives his personal account of the 25 years he spent researching the region.
As co-founder of the team that discovered Lucy, Jon Kalb has first-hand knowledge of the research that was involved in the findings of this region and of the intense rivalry that has accompanied those findings. He discusses the political drama of Ethiopia and the effects this chaos had on the Afar. This book covers the scientific discoveries of the area, the author's own explorations and findings, and the political struggles involved with these discoveries.

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Maps and Appendicesp. xv
An Oceanic Desertp. 3
Afar Goldp. 14
The Awash Valleyp. 21
Louis and Mary Leakeyp. 42
Looking for Leadu Manp. 54
Hadarp. 70
Transitionp. 90
Famine and Famep. 98
Storm Cloudsp. 111
Desert Originsp. 123
Dawn of Humanityp. 138
A New Missionp. 152
An Acheulean "City"p. 159
Rebellionp. 169
The Oldowanp. 177
The "First Movie"p. 189
The Miocenep. 194
Crossing the Talalakp. 207
The Central Awashp. 216
Baboons and Pigsp. 224
The Artifact Trailp. 232
Human Originsp. 238
Espionage Sciencep. 247
Big-Game Feedersp. 266
National Securityp. 275
African Cakep. 282
The CIA Livesp. 289
Prehistoric Feastp. 295
Epilogp. 308
Metric Equivalents and Glossary of Terms and Abbreviationsp. 316
Appendicesp. 318
Notesp. 322
Bibliographyp. 348
Indexp. 375
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ISBN: 9780387987422
ISBN-10: 0387987428
Series: Copernicus
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 389
Published: 27th October 2000
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.81