The Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed Our View of Human Evolution

The Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed Our View of Human Evolution➽ [Reading] ➿ The Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed Our View of Human Evolution By Dean Falk ➲ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Two discoveries of early human relatives one in 1924 and one in 2003 radically changed scientific thinking about our origins Dean Falk a pioneer in the field of human brain evolution offers this fast Chronicles: How PDF ✓ Two discoveries of early human relatives one in and one in radically changed scientific thinking about our origins Dean Falk a pioneer in the field of human brain evolution offers this fast paced insider's account of these discoveries the behind the scenes politics embroiling the scientists who found and analyzed The Fossil PDF/EPUB or them and the academic Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial eBook ☆ and religious controversies they generated The first is the Taung child a two million year old skull from South Africa that led anatomist Raymond Dart to argue that this creature had walked upright and that Africa held the key to the fossil ancestry of our species The second find Fossil Chronicles: How MOBI ☆ consisted of the partial skeleton of a three and a half foot tall woman nicknamed Hobbit from Flores Island Indonesia She is thought by scientists to belong to a new recently extinct species of human but her story is still unfolding Falk who has studied the brain casts of both Taung and Hobbit Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial eBook ☆ reveals new evidence crucial to interpreting both discoveries and proposes surprising connections between this pair of extraordinary specimens. This is popular paleoanatomy and the history of science as Falk who studies the evolution of humanoid brains explores not just the capabilities of our ancestors but the ways in which the discoveries of the Taung Child in 1924 and the Hobbit in 2003 changed the way in which scientists understood human evolution The really interesting part though is Falk's inclusion of the political and social contexts and the personalities of the scientists especially the corrosive influence of the Piltdown hoax in giving fundamentalist religion a leg to stand on and attack real scientific discoveries in the 1920s After finishing this book I still don't have a clear idea about what the human family tree looks likeI appreciated the insights into scientists' fightsdisagreements but I am less astonished than the author that there is push back any time a supposed new species is discovered Of course we need to eliminate all other possibilities before we can confidently say this is brand new no?I also feel like I only got evidence from the book only on the one side of the puzzle namely endocasts I understand that's the author's specialty but I would have liked to learn about other evidence that proves a hypothesisOverall too much of a personal story and not enough scientific state of the art reading for me I do not seem to be able to get into this book The topic interests me but it seems to be about the controversies of the scientists than about the fossils I know that these play an important role in discoveries and delighted in the way they were chronicled by Elizabeth Royte in The Tapir's Morning Bath I think I am abandoning this book after having read only a uarter of it

The Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries
  • Hardcover
  • 259 pages
  • The Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed Our View of Human Evolution
  • Dean Falk
  • English
  • 20 October 2014
  • 9780520266704