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4.0 out of 5 stars Lucy's Legacy: The quest for Human Origins, 25 May 2009
The first part of the book detailing the field trips was too long. The second part discussing human origins was up to date and very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating subject, informed but an easy read, 21 Jan. 2011
Martin Sladdin (Burbage, Leicestershire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Few subjects are more fascinating than the origins of human beings and arguably the most famous of all is Lucy who helped launch Dr Johanson's career in spectacular fashion in the 70s. The authors do not dwell too much on this, often told event, but bring us up to date on more recent work in Ethiopia and elsewhere.

Unfortunately for those who might think the hominid family tree is beginning to take shape, allowing us to speculate on our likely ancestors, someone finds a skeleton that creates more confusion. The so called Hobbit, which is only 17,000 years old was such a find.

Obviously this is good news for palaeontologists wishing to secure funds for field work, the answer to the numerous questions is to unearth more fossils and artefacts. A nice touch is the praise given to the increasing number of Ethiopian scientists. That country has certainly had its problems over the past three decades, and it is good to see Lucy's legacy is still having a positive effect.

Most discoverers of important finds will probably like to think their species is the human ancestor and the case for Australopithicus aferensis is stronger than many because it lived for such a long time. However, the true story might never be known because good fossils are so rare and many lines might have no trace at all.

This was my first Kindle purchase and this format works very well for text although some words are split and others joined. The photographs were the only real disappointment - some just did not work at all, they just would not fit on the page. Turning to landscape helped a little for some, though. References to colour were of no use in a black and white medium.
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Lucy's Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins by Kate Wong (Paperback - 15 Jun. 2010)
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