Born in Africa : The Quest for the Origins of Human Life

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-05-08
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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Africa does not give up its secrets easily. Buried there lie answers about the origins of humankind. After a century of investigation, scientists have transformed our understanding about the beginnings of human life. But vital clues still remain hidden. In Born in Africa, Martin Meredith follows the trail of discoveries about human origins made by scientists over the last hundred years, recounting their intense rivalry, personal feuds, and fierce controversies as well as their feats of skill and endurance. The results have been momentous. Scientists have identified more than twenty species of extinct humans. They have firmly established Africa as the birthplace not only of humankind but also of modern humans. They have revealed how early technology, language ability, and artistic endeavour all originated in Africa; and they have shown how small groups of Africans spread out from Africa in an exodus sixty thousand years ago to populate the rest of the world. We have all inherited an African past.

Table of Contents

Mapsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Part 1
The Valley of Wild Sisalp. 3
Dart's Childp. 9
Broom's Triumphp. 23
White Africanp. 37
Dear Boyp. 47
Handy Manp. 63
Koobi Forap. 71
Hadarp. 83
Laetolip. 93
Bones of Contentionp. 105
Turkana Boyp. 113
A Dance Through Timep. 121
New Frontiersp. 129
Little Footp. 147
Part 2
Prototypesp. 155
Pioneersp. 163
Sapiensp. 175
Exodusp. 187
Glossaryp. 195
Notes on Sourcesp. 199
Selected Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 219
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