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Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest…

Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind (edição: 2020)

de Kermit Pattison (Autor)

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Título:Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Skeleton and the Origins of Humankind
Autores:Kermit Pattison (Autor)
Informação:William Morrow (2020), Edition: 1, 544 pages
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Fossil Men: The Quest for the Oldest Fossil Skeleton and the Battle to Define Human Origins de Kermit Pattison


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Superb overview of the latest science, and an unforgettable look at the men and women making it. I read Johanson's and Leakey's books back when I was in college and became hooked on the subject matter, and I figured this would be a good update. It was more than up to the task, and a very entertaining read as well. ( )
  unclebob53703 | Apr 21, 2021 |
I got this book from my local library after reading about in The New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/22/books/review/fossil-men-kermit-pattison-the-s...). It's really good. Some of the science was over my head, I thought about 100 pages could have been cut, and the ending was a little weak, but I'll give the book as a gift to friends and family who are into science. Fascinating that millions of years ago, only 2% of our ancestors had cavities (apparently the advent of cereal agriculture is what did our teeth in, and sugary drinks in the past 150 years or so didn't help).

Amazing how much academic backstabbing there is in the world of paleoanthropology. The star of this book, Tim White, is a real jerk-hole. His animosity to laypersons, in my opinion, has hurt his discoveries. Before reading this book, I never heard of our Ardi ancestor, however, I was aware of Lucy, probably because the finders of that fossil are good at public relations. ( )
  JohnnyOstentatious | Mar 17, 2021 |
This was incredible. I am not particularly interested in hominin evolution—I inevitably skip over those articles in Nature or National Geographic. But Pattison does a fantastic job explaining the science—not just telling us the results, but going over the entire process including politics and personalities. The central character, Tim White, is particularly well drawn, in a complex way. He has strengths, such as his dedication to his work and to Ethiopian colleagues. But he also has tragic weaknesses, such as a hardheadedness and perfectionism that leads him to keep skeletons and data away from other researchers.

The book is also very well illustrated.

> "A few people go out and risk their necks and spend the time to get the fossils," White vented in 2000. "The people who sit in the labs—they're the 95 percent—they're doing the reviewing of grants. They don't understand the field work, but they do understand one thing—the sooner they can get their hands on the fossils that are found the greater the chance there is that they will be able to extract some analytical information out of them, which they can then publish and enhance their own career. And so they dedicate themselves to trying to take fossils out of the hands of those who find them." ( )
  breic | Dec 28, 2020 |
Abandoned at 20%. I'm sure there's an interesting story about the people behind important scientific research, but unfortunately for me, this wasn't it. It was more about prickly personalities and academic squabbles than about the scientific work. Disappointing.
  RandyRasa | Dec 3, 2020 |
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This book is a history of science and a detective story about the most fundamental mystery of all: where did we come from? Like any good mystery, it begins with a body.
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The Roots of Humanity

Tim White had endless patience for pursuing human ancestors but limited patience for their living descendants. In October 1981, the skinny fossil hunter labored over a line of Land Rovers and trailers in the eucalyptus-shaded driveway of the American Embassy in Addis Ababa, the highland capital of Ethiopia.
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