Almost Human: The Astonishing Tale of Homo naledi and the Discovery That Changed Our Human Story

Almost Human: The Astonishing Tale of Homo naledi and the Discovery That Changed Our Human Story Author Lee Berger
ISBN-10 1426218117
ISBN-13 9781426218118
Year 2017-05-09
Pages 240
Language English
Publisher National Geographic
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This first person narrative about an archaeological discovery is rewriting the story of human evolution A story of defiance and determination by a controversial scientist this is Lee Berger s own take on finding Homo naledi an all new species on the human family tree and one of the greatest discoveries of the 21st century In 2013 Berger a National Geographic Explorer in Residence caught wind of a cache of bones in a hard to reach underground cave in South Africa He put out a call around the world for petite collaboratorsmen and women small and adventurous enough to be able to squeeze through 8 inch tunnels to reach a sunless cave 40 feet underground With this team of underground astronauts Berger made the discovery of a lifetime hundreds of prehistoric bones including entire skeletons of at least 15 individuals all perhaps two million years old Their features combined those of known prehominids like Lucy the famous Australopithecus with those more human than anything ever before seen in prehistoric remains Berger s team had discovered an all new species and they called it Homo naledi The cave quickly proved to be the richest primitive hominid site ever discovered full of implications that shake the very foundation of how we define what makes us human Did this species come before during or after the emergence of Homo sapiens on our evolutionary tree How did the cave come to contain nothing but the remains of these individuals Did they bury their dead If so they must have had a level of self knowledge including an awareness of death And yet those are the very characteristics used to define what makes us human Did an equally advanced species inhabit Earth with us or before us Berger does not hesitate to address all these questions Berger is a charming and controversial figure and some colleagues question his interpretation of this and other finds But in these pages this charismatic and visionary paleontologist counters their arguments and tells his personal story a rich and readable narrative about science exploration and what it means to be human

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ISBN-10 9781426218125
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