|Lucy: The Beginnings Of Humankind - paperback Price: $16.95 ||
There are five parts to the book, each focusing on a different component of the Lucy discovery: Background, The Golden Decade, 1967-1977, What is Lucy? Why did Lucy walk erect? and Unfinished Business. The bulk of the material regards the present state of paleoanthropology (the study of the fossils of human ancestors.) In these pages we are introduced to Olduvai Gorge, Johnnyís Child, the Piltdown Man, Homo habilis and Laetoli, the backdrop of the story that would begin when Lucy was discovered. So, where did apes and modern humans diverge from the same ancestry, and how long ago did this occur? Did brain capacity increase after man began walking upright or was it the other way around? Johansonís answers to these questions may not hold up forever, but half of the journey in science is the path taken to the discovery, and Lucy has already taught us more than we could have ever imagined possible.