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Bones of Contention : Controversies in the Search for Human Origins - Roger Lewin

Bones of Contention

Controversies in the Search for Human Origins

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1997
ISBN: 9780226476513
Number Of Pages: 366

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"Bones of Contention" is a behind-the-scenes look at the search for human origins. Analyzing how the biases and preconceptions of paleoanthropologists shaped their work, Roger Lewin's detective stories about the discovery of Neanderthal Man, the Taung Child, Lucy, and other major fossils provide insight into this most subjective of scientific endeavors. The new afterword looks at ways in which paleoanthropology, while becoming more scientific
in many ways, remains contentious.
" An] un-put-downable book."--John Gribbon, "Times Educational Supplement"
"Not just another 'stones and bones' account of human evolution. It is Lewin's thesis, amply demonstrated, that paleoanthropology is the most subjective of sciences because it engages the emotions of virtually everyone; and since the evidence is scrappy, interpretation is everything. . . . A splendid, stirring, and eye-opening account, to be devoured."--"Kirkus Reviews, " starred review
" Lewin shows] 'how very unscientific the process of scientific inquiry can be.'. . . "Bones of Contention" is . . . serious intellectual history."--Edward Dolnick, "Wall Street Journal"
" Lewin] documents his thesis in persuasive detail. . . . The reader is carried along by the power of Mr. Lewin's reporting."--Robert Wright, "New York Times Book Review"

Acknowledgments
Bones of Contention
The Storytellers
The Taung Child: Rejection
The Taung Child: Acceptance
Rama's Ape: Resurrected
Rama's Ape: Destroyed
The Leakeys: Father
The Leakeys: Son
The KBS Tuff Controversy: Genesis
The KBS Tuff Controversy: Denouement
Lucy: The Naming
Lucy: The Response
Man's Place in Nature
Afterword
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780226476513
ISBN-10: 0226476510
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 366
Published: 1st January 1997
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised