Named one of the Best
Books of the year by the New York Times,
Lucy to Language
Photography by David Brill
It is very rare in the sciences for one
book to serve well the interests of the scientific community and the lay
public....From Lucy to Language is one conspicuous and wonderful
exception to this rule....From Lucy to Language is a book
that you will want to revisit often, one that you will want to share with
your children and friends....Johanson and Edgars beautiful book
now takes its place as one which will inspire future generations....It
is a family album for all of us. My copy is already dog-eared.
Sahelanthropus tchadensis from
Like no species before us, we now seem poised to control vast parts of the planet and its life. We possess the power to influence, if not govern evolution. For that reason, we must not forget our link to the natural world and our debt to natural selection. We need to think deep to add a dose of geologic time and evolutionary history to our perspective of who we are, where we come from, and where we are headed. This is the most poignant lesson this book has to offer.
Homo heidelbergensis from Atapuerca,
Blake Edgar combines backgrounds in anthropology, zoology and journalism to report on a broad range of scientific subjects. He is Science Editor at the University of California Press.
David Brill has been staff photographer for National Geographic, and has worked extensively with Donald Johanson on field research sites for the past twenty five years.
Satisfaction comes from having in one place a concise and authoritative
summary of major developments in research techniques and strategies, the
accumulating evidence for important steps in human physical and cultural
evolution and the struggle to understand the meaning of the many hard-won
fossil finds. This is quite an achievement.
Open this book and take history into your hands....Donald Johanson
and Blake Edgar pull the reader in with a riveting overview of modern
anthropology....The photographic documentation is as gorgeous as it is
meticulous: the ancient bones, glowing against matte-black backgrounds,
look chillingly frail and familiar.
Once in a while it is a real pleasure to come across a book which
scores a hit in every department: lively and informative text, outstanding
illustrations, good layout and excellent value for money....The full-page
illustrations are a triumph of execution and reproduction and will appeal
equally to anatomists and artists...I suspect that few people with an
interest in human origins will be able to resist buying this book once
they have picked it up
This is an endlessly fascinating story that has been told many
times, but this account is unique because it contains more than 200 beautifully
photographed skulls, bones and assorted fossils, taken by David Brill,
to accompany the erudite text. A superb example of popular science writing.
Australopithecus africanus from
Permitting a face-to-face encounter with human ancestors, this
work furnishes essential information, an incomparable visual experience
Unique in the anthropology field because
of its photographic scope and useful in its encyclopedic approach to describing
the fossil specimens Australopithecines and Homo, this is highly
Donald Johanson is well known as the
discoverer, more than 20 years ago, of the fossil 'Lucy', the oldest more
or less complete skeleton of an upright-walking human ancestor. Blake
Edgar is a professional writer. Together, and aided by striking photographs
from David Brill, they have produced an encyclopedic reference book that
tells you everything you wanted to know about the different varieties
of Homo and our near relations the australopithecines (Lucy and
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