The Skull in the Rock How a Scientist, a Boy, and Google Earth Opened a New Window on Human Origins by Marc Aronson
  

The Skull in the Rock How a Scientist, a Boy, and Google Earth Opened a New Window on Human Origins

Written by Marc Aronson
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Part of the Science & Nature Series

Synopsis

The Skull in the Rock How a Scientist, a Boy, and Google Earth Opened a New Window on Human Origins by Marc Aronson

From the fossil hunter who discovered the Homo naledi fossils in September 2015, this book is an amazing account of Lee Berger's 2008 hunt - with the help of his curious 9-year-old son - for a previously unknown species of ape-like creatures that may have been direct ancestors of modern humans. The discovery of two remarkably well preserved, two-million-year-old fossils of an adult female and young male, known as Australopithecus sediba, has been hailed as one of the most important archaeological discoveries in history. The fossils reveal what may be one of humankind's oldest ancestors. Berger believes the skeletons they found on the Malapa site in South Africa could be the Rosetta stone that unlocks our understanding of the genus Homo and may just redesign the human family tree. Berger, an Eagle Scout and National Geographic Grantee, is the Reader in Human Evolution and the Public Understanding of Science in the Institute for Human Evolution at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. The focus of the book will be on the way in which we can apply new thinking to familiar material and come up with a breakthrough. Marc Aronson is particularly interested in framing these issues for young people and has had enormous success with this approach in his previous books: Ain't Nothing But a Man and If Stones Could Speak. Berger's discovery in one of the most excavated and studied areas on Earth revealed a treasure trove of human fossils-and an entirely new human species-where people thought no more field work might ever be necessary. Technology and revelation combined, plus a good does of luck, to broaden by ten times the number of early human fossils known, rejuvenating this field of study and posing countless more questions to be answered in years and decades to come. Releases simultaneously in Reinforced Library Binding: 978-1-4263-1053-9 , $27.90/$32.00 Can

Reviews

CCBC's Book of Choice 2013!

A fascinating account of an Indiana Jones-style fossil hunter and how his discoveries have changed the way we see human evolution. --Kirkus Reviews

Slim, enticing and totally accessible, this is a book that will open eyes to the world around us and, perhaps, inspire a whole new generation of Indies.

Readers will be entranced with this story. --Library Media Connection

The co-authors have given this photo- and imagined paintings-filled volume a fun, hands-on flavor by providing a number of series of captioned photos that demonstrate scientific processes utilized in the searching and evaluating of these new fossils. --A Book and a Hug

The fossils Berger discovered reveal what may be one of humankind's oldest ancestors. The find has been hailed as one of the most important archaeological discoveries in history. --Niagara Falls Review

The focus of the book will be on the way in which we can apply new thinking to familiar material and come up with a breakthrough. Marc Aronson is particularly interested in framing these issues for young people and has had enormous success with this approach in his previous books. --GSWNY MLK Troop #30294

About the Author

The National Geographic Kid is curious about the world around them, empowered in the face of challenges and responsible for others and the natural world. Combining these principles with the international educational heritage of Collins, this partnership is a natural fit for books that are funny, weird, exploratory, educational and loved by children.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
128 pages

Author

Marc Aronson
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Publisher

National Geographic Kids

Publication date

15th September 2012

ISBN

9781426310102


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