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The Resource Almost human : the astonishing tale of homo naledi and the discovery that changed our human story, Lee R. Berger and John Hawks

Almost human : the astonishing tale of homo naledi and the discovery that changed our human story, Lee R. Berger and John Hawks

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Almost human : the astonishing tale of homo naledi and the discovery that changed our human story
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Almost human
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the astonishing tale of homo naledi and the discovery that changed our human story
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Lee R. Berger and John Hawks
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  • "This first-person narrative about an archaeological discovery is rewriting the story of human evolution. A story of defiance and determination by a controversial scientist, this is Lee Berger's own take on finding Homo naledi, an all-new species on the human family tree and one of the greatest discoveries of the 21st century. In 2013, Berger, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, caught wind of a cache of bones in a hard-to-reach underground cave in South Africa. He put out a call around the world for petite collaborators--men and women small and adventurous enough to be able to squeeze through 8-inch tunnels to reach a sunless cave 40 feet underground. With this team of "underground astronauts," Berger made the discovery of a lifetime: hundreds of prehistoric bones, including entire skeletons of at least 15 individuals, all perhaps two million years old. Their features combined those of known prehominids like Lucy, the famous Australopithecus, with those more human than anything ever before seen in prehistoric remains. Berger's team had discovered an all new species, and they called it Homo naledi. The cave quickly proved to be the richest primitive hominid site ever discovered, full of implications that shake the very foundation of how we define what makes us human. Did this species come before, during, or after the emergence of Homo sapiens on our evolutionary tree? How did the cave come to contain nothing but the remains of these individuals? Did they bury their dead? If so, they must have had a level of self-knowledge, including an awareness of death. And yet those are the very characteristics used to define what makes us human. Did an equally advanced species inhabit Earth with us, or before us? Berger does not hesitate to address all these questions. Berger is a charming and controversial figure, and some colleagues question his interpretation of this and other finds. But in these pages, this charismatic and visionary paleontologist counters their arguments and tells his personal story: a rich and readable narrative about science, exploration, and what it means to be human"--
  • "A story of defiance and determination by a controversial scientist, this is Lee Berger's own take on finding Homo naledi, an all-new species on the human family tree and one of the greatest discoveries of the 21st century. In 2013, Lee Berger, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, caught wind of a cache of bones in a hard-to-reach underground cave in South Africa. He put out a call around the world for petite collaborators--men and women small and adventurous enough to be able to squeeze through 8-inch tunnels to reach a sunless cave 40 feet underground. With this team of "underground astronauts," Berger made the discovery of a lifetime: hundreds of prehistoric bones, including entire skeletons of at least 15 individuals, all perhaps two million years old. Their features combined those of known prehominids like Lucy, the famous Australopithecus, with those more human than anything ever before seen in prehistoric remains. Berger's team had discovered an all new species, and they called it Homo naledi. The cave quickly proved to be the richest primitive hominid site ever discovered, full of implications that shake the very foundation of how we define what makes us human. Did this species come before, during, or after the emergence of Homo sapiens on our evolutionary tree? How did the cave come to contain nothing but the remains of these individuals? Did they bury their dead? If so, they must have had a level of self-knowledge, including an awareness of death. And yet those are the very characteristics used to define what makes us human. Did an equally advanced species inhabit Earth with us, or before us? Berger does not hesitate to address all these questions"--
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Describes the astounding 2013 discovery in a difficult-to-reach South African underground cave of hundreds of prehistoric bones, judged to be about two million years old, that represented a heretofore unknown humanoid species they named Homo naledi
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569.9
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  • illustrations
  • maps
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index present
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GN284.5
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.B47 2017
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non fiction
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the astonishing tale of homo naledi and the discovery that changed our human story
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Almost human : the astonishing tale of homo naledi and the discovery that changed our human story, Lee R. Berger and John Hawks
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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21074767
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24 cm
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239 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map
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9781426218118
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(hardback)
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2016039509
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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Almost human : the astonishing tale of homo naledi and the discovery that changed our human story, Lee R. Berger and John Hawks
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
21074767
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
239 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map
Isbn
9781426218118
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016039509
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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n

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