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Java Man

How Two Geologists Changed Our Understanding of Human Evolution

"’Garniss, lend me your knife for a second, will you,’ I whispered." So begins Java Man, the inside story of how one discovery—a human skull found on the island of Java—by two geologists shook the foundations of science. By uncovering new evidence about the hominid known as Java man, Carl C. Swisher and Garniss H. Curtis were able to date his fossil remains at 1.7 million years, an age that stunned the scientific community because it pushed back the time when humans migrating out of Africa first reached Eurasia by nearly one million years. Cowritten by the popular science writer Roger Lewin, this is a gripping and informative account of the discovery that breathed new life into the human origins debate.

Originally published by Scribner
2000 ISBN: 0-684-80000-4

256 pages | 27 halftones, 1 map, 2 line drawings, 3 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2000

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Biological Sciences: Evolutionary Biology

Table of Contents

1. Tales a Child Can Tell
2. The Road to Trinil
3. On to Mojokerto
4. The Lure of the Missing Link
5. Dubois’s Story: Link No Longer Missing
6. The Child Has a Date
7. Rocky Marriage, Painful Separation
8. On the Cusp of Humanity
9. A Change of Body
10. A Change of Mind
11. The Origin of Modern Humans
12. Headhunters at Ngandong
13. Facing the Inescapable

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