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A scientific narrative of Dutch physician Eugene Dubois' search for early humans in Java over a century ago. Using the most sensitive dating techniques available, the authors discovered that fossils from the same island were actually two million years old - a million more than theory had held.


A scientific narrative of a landmark discovery, involving the fascinating adventure of the Dutch physician Eugene Dubois and his search for early humans in Java in the East Indies a century ago. There he uncovered the first fossils of our immediate ancestor, Homo erectus. A century later, the authors brought the power of the most sensitive radiosotopic dating technique to Homo erectus fossils from the same island where Dubois toiled so diligently. Their true age is almost two million years old, a million years older than anthropological theory has held, and the implications are profound. Not only does it mean that Homo erectus left Africa almost a million years earlier than was believed, indicating that it was a very different kind of animal than we thought; it also tells us that our own species, Homo sapiens, evolved rapidly and recently, in Africa. This solves anthropology's most contentious and rancorous debate, that of the origin of modern humans and the fate of the Neanderthals.

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SKU GOR003489193
Title Java Man
Author By (author) Carl Swisher
Contributor By (author) Garniss Curtis
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Little, Brown & Company
Year Published 2001
Page Number 256
ISBN 0316648604
ISBN13 9780316648608
Cover Note Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Prizes No
Edition Text N/A
Note This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.

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