• Science

Lucy's Legacy

The Quest for Human Origins
Author: Donald C. Johanson,Kate Wong
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0307396401
Category: Science
Page: 321
View: 7333
Reconsiders the questions of evolution made in the wake of the stunning discovery of a 3.2 million year-old female skeleton known as Lucy, a new and transitional species placed somewhere between apes and humans that would forever change the way scientists think about human origins.

    • Science

Lucy's Legacy

The Quest for Human Origins
Author: Dr. Donald Johanson,Kate Wong
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 9780307451682
Category: Science
Page: 320
View: 5647
“Lucy is a 3.2-million-year-old skeleton who has become the spokeswoman for human evolution. She is perhaps the best known and most studied fossil hominid of the twentieth century, the benchmark by which other discoveries of human ancestors are judged.”–From Lucy’s Legacy In his New York Times bestseller, Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind, renowned paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson told the incredible story of his discovery of a partial female skeleton that revolutionized the study of human origins. Lucy literally changed our understanding of our world and who we come from. Since that dramatic find in 1974, there has been heated debate and–most important–more groundbreaking discoveries that have further transformed our understanding of when and how humans evolved. In Lucy’s Legacy, Johanson takes readers on a fascinating tour of the last three decades of study–the most exciting period of paleoanthropologic investigation thus far. In that time, Johanson and his colleagues have uncovered a total of 363 specimens of Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy’s species, a transitional creature between apes and humans), spanning 400,000 years. As a result, we now have a unique fossil record of one branch of our family tree–that family being humanity–a tree that is believed to date back a staggering 7 million years. Focusing on dramatic new fossil finds and breakthrough advances in DNA research, Johanson provides the latest answers that post-Lucy paleoanthropologists are finding to questions such as: How did Homo sapiens evolve? When and where did our species originate? What separates hominids from the apes? What was the nature of Neandertal and modern human encounters? What mysteries about human evolution remain to be solved? Donald Johanson is a passionate guide on an extraordinary journey from the ancient landscape of Hadar, Ethiopia–where Lucy was unearthed and where many other exciting fossil discoveries have since been made–to a seaside cave in South Africa that once sheltered early members of our own species, and many other significant sites. Thirty-five years after Lucy, Johanson continues to enthusiastically probe the origins of our species and what it means to be human. From the Hardcover edition.

    • Science

Lucy's Legacy

The Quest for Human Origins
Author: Donald C. Johanson,Kate Wong
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 0307396398
Category: Science
Page: 309
View: 7756
In this sequel to the "New York Times" bestseller "Lucy: The Beginnings of Mankind," celebrated paleoanthropologist Johanson, along with Wong, explore the extraordinary discoveries since Lucy was unearthed more than three decades ago. photo insert.

    • Science

Lucy's Child

The Discovery of a Human Ancestor
Author: Donald Johanson,James Shreeve
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780380712342
Category: Science
Page: 318
View: 2232
A famed paleontologist describes his latest find at Tanzania's Olduvai Gorge, a two million-year-old elbow bone

    • Nature


The Beginnings of Humankind
Author: Donald Johanson,Maitland Edey,Maitland Armstrong Edey
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0671724991
Category: Nature
Page: 416
View: 7857
Johanson, the discoverer, in 1974, of "Lucy"--the oldest skelton of an erect-walking human yet found--reports the story of his internationally acclaimed find

    • Australopithecines.

From Lucy to Language

Author: Donald C. Johanson,Blake Edgar
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684810239
Category: Australopithecines.
Page: 272
View: 6058
Photographs of significant hominid fossils and artifacts illustrate an assessment of the visual proof of human evolution and the meaning of clues left by the forebears of the human race. 25,000 first printing. Tour.

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in search of human origins
Author: Donald C. Johanson,Lenora Johanson,Blake Edgar
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780679420606
Category: Science
Page: 339
View: 2095
Recounts the world-famous paleoanthropologist's attempts to solve the mystery of human evolution, using evidence uncovered during his recent forays into the fossil-rich regions of Eastern Africa. TV tie-in. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour.

    • Social Science

Stories of Culture and Place

An Introduction to Anthropology, Second Edition
Author: Michael G. Kenny,Kirsten Smillie
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1487593708
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
View: 1182
This unique introduction to cultural anthropology is structured as a narrative, rather than a compendium of facts about cultures and concepts. It describes anthropology as a series of stories that emerge from cultural encounters in particular times and places. These moments of encounter are illustrated with reference to both classic and contemporary ethnographic examples--from Coming of Age in Samoa to Coming of Age in Second Life--allowing readers to grasp anthropology's sometimes problematic past, while still capturing the excitement and potential of the discipline. The second edition has been updated throughout with fresh ethnographic examples. It features a new introduction and two new chapters: one on economic anthropology and exchange, and one on health and medicine. A glossary has also been added for quick reference.

    • Business & Economics

Famine and Foreigners: Ethiopia Since Live Aid

Author: Peter Gill
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191614319
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 304
View: 4480
The terrible 1984 famine in Ethiopia focused the world's attention on the country and the issue of aid as never before. Anyone over the age of 30 remembers something of the events - if not the original TV pictures, then Band Aid and Live Aid, Geldof and Bono. Peter Gill was the first journalist to reach the epicentre of the famine and one of the TV reporters who brought the tragedy to light. This book is the story of what happened to Ethiopia in the 25 years following Live Aid: the place, the people, the westerners who have tried to help, and the wider multinational aid business that has come into being. We saved countless lives in the beginning and continued to save them now, but have we done much else to transform the lives of Ethiopia's poor and set them on a 'development' course that will enable the country to do without us?

    • Science

Lucy's Legacy

Sex and Intelligence in Human Evolution
Author: Alison Jolly
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674005402
Category: Science
Page: 528
View: 6995
Takes a look at human evolution focusing on the long line of women and of female behavior that was to follow the age of the much-studied oldest human remains.

    • Science

Journey from the dawn

life with the world's first family
Author: Donald C. Johanson,Kevin O'Farrell
Publisher: N.A
Category: Science
Page: 123
View: 4990
Recounts the story of Lucy, the supposed missing link, describing a day in the life of Australopithecus aferensis--the dangers they faced, what and how they ate, lived, and played

    • History

The Plutonium Files

America's Secret Medical Experiments in the Cold War
Author: Eileen Welsome
Publisher: Delta
ISBN: 0307767337
Category: History
Page: 592
View: 2569
When the vast wartime factories of the Manhattan Project began producing plutonium in quantities never before seen on earth, scientists working on the top-secret bomb-building program grew apprehensive. Fearful that plutonium might cause a cancer epidemic among workers and desperate to learn more about what it could do to the human body, the Manhattan Project's medical doctors embarked upon an experiment in which eighteen unsuspecting patients in hospital wards throughout the country were secretly injected with the cancer-causing substance. Most of these patients would go to their graves without ever knowing what had been done to them. Now, in The Plutonium Files, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Eileen Welsome reveals for the first time the breadth of the extraordinary fifty-year cover-up surrounding the plutonium injections, as well as the deceitful nature of thousands of other experiments conducted on American citizens in the postwar years. Welsome's remarkable investigation spans the 1930s to the 1990s and draws upon hundreds of newly declassified documents and other primary sources to disclose this shadowy chapter in American history. She gives a voice to such innocents as Helen Hutchison, a young woman who entered a prenatal clinic in Nashville for a routine checkup and was instead given a radioactive "cocktail" to drink; Gordon Shattuck, one of several boys at a state school for the developmentally disabled in Massachusetts who was fed radioactive oatmeal for breakfast; and Maude Jacobs, a Cincinnati woman suffering from cancer and subjected to an experimental radiation treatment designed to help military planners learn how to win a nuclear war. Welsome also tells the stories of the scientists themselves, many of whom learned the ways of secrecy on the Manhattan Project. Among them are Stafford Warren, a grand figure whose bravado masked a cunning intelligence; Joseph Hamilton, who felt he was immune to the dangers of radiation only to suffer later from a fatal leukemia; and physician Louis Hempelmann, one of the most enthusiastic supporters of the plan to inject humans with potentially carcinogenic doses of plutonium. Hidden discussions of fifty years past are reconstructed here, wherein trusted government officials debated the ethical and legal implications of the experiments, demolishing forever the argument that these studies took place in a less enlightened era. Powered by her groundbreaking reportage and singular narrative gifts, Eileen Welsome has created a work of profound humanity as well as major historical significance. From the Hardcover edition.

    • Science

Last Ape Standing

The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived
Author: Chip Walter
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802778917
Category: Science
Page: 304
View: 2143
Over the past 150 years scientists have discovered evidence that at least twenty-seven species of humans evolved on planet Earth. These weren't simply variations on apes, but upright-walking humans who lived side by side, competing, cooperating, sometimes even mating with our direct ancestors. Why did the line of ancient humans who eventually evolved into us survive when the others were shown the evolutionary door? Chip Walter draws on new scientific discoveries to tell the fascinating tale of how our survival was linked to our ancestors being born more prematurely than others, having uniquely long and rich childhoods, evolving a new kind of mind that made us resourceful and emotionally complex; how our highly social nature increased our odds of survival; and why we became self aware in ways that no other animal seems to be. Last Ape Standing also profiles the mysterious "others" who evolved with us-the Neanderthals of Europe, the "Hobbits" of Indonesia, the Denisovans of Siberia and the just-discovered Red Deer Cave people of China who died off a mere eleven thousand years ago. Last Ape Standing is evocative science writing at its best-a witty, engaging and accessible story that explores the evolutionary events that molded us into the remarkably unique creatures we are; an investigation of why we do, feel, and think the things we do as a species, and as people-good and bad, ingenious and cunning, heroic and conflicted.

    • Science

The First Human

The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors
Author: Ann Gibbons
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 140007696X
Category: Science
Page: 303
View: 8585
An account of the search for the missing link between humans and apes journeys into the competitive world of fossil hunting and the lives of competing scientists determined to uncover the mysteries of human evolution.

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

The Lucy Man

The Scientist who Found the Most Famous Fossil Ever
Author: C.A.P. Saucier,Donald C. Johanson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781616144333
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 128
View: 4506
Describes the life and accomplishments of the famed paleoanthropologist best known for discovers Lucy, a prehistoric hominid, found in Ethiopia.

    • History

Naming Infinity

A True Story of Religious Mysticism and Mathematical Creativity
Author: Loren Graham,Jean-Michel Kantor
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674032934
Category: History
Page: 239
View: 7265
Looks at the competition between French and Russian mathematicians over the nature of infinity during the twentieth century.

    • History

Blood in the Water

The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy
Author: Heather Ann Thompson
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 1400078245
Category: History
Page: 752
View: 7489
Originally published in hardcover in 2016 by Pantheon Books.

    • Juvenile Fiction

The Chronicles of Narnia Vol III: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Author: C.S.Lewis
ISBN: 9887739588
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 9605
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader sees Edmund and Lucy, along with their priggish cousin Eustace Scrubb, return to Narnia. Once there, they join Caspian's voyage on the ship to find the seven lords who were banished when Miraz took over the throne. As they sail toward Aslan's country at the edge of the world, they come face to face with many dangers and wonders, including the place where dreams come true. They discover that their quest is more than they imagined and that the world's end is only the beginning…

    • Science


A Brief History of Humankind
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062316109
Category: Science
Page: 464
View: 3969
New York Times Bestseller A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become? Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.

    • Music

Why You Like It

The Science and Culture of Musical Taste
Author: Nolan Gasser
Publisher: Flatiron Books
ISBN: 9781250057198
Category: Music
Page: 576
View: 5140
Everyone loves music. But what is it about music that makes it so universally beloved? Music is just abstract sound-a series of tones, rhythm, timbres. But then why does it have such a powerful affect on us?In this sweeping tour, Dr. Nolan Gasser-a pianist, composer, musicologist, and the chief architect of the Music Genome Project, which is what powers Pandora Radio-breaks down what musical taste is, where it comes from, and what our favorite songs say about us. Dr. Gasser delves into the science, biology, psychology, anthropology, and sociology that explains why humans are intrinsically musical beings. He explains how our brains are music-processing machines and why you may love Queen, but your friend loves Kiss, while another friend detests 70s rock 'n roll altogether. He sheds light on why babies are able to clap along to rhythmic patterns and reveals why different cultures from across the globe identify the same kinds of music as either happy, sad, or scary. Using easy-to-follow notated musical scores, Dr. Gasser teaches music fans how to become engaged listeners and provides them with the tools to enhance their musical preferences. Taking readers under the hood of their favorite genres-pop, rock, jazz, hip hop, world music, and classical-he covers favorite songs from Taylor Swift to Creedence Clearwater Revival to Kendrick Lamar, and Beethoven and through their work introduces readers to the principal musical parameters that are at play in the songs you hear that make you hum along or tap your foot. Why You Like It teaches you to follow the musical discourse happening within a song and empower your musical taste. You will never hear music the same way again.