Java man - Carl Swisher



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Java man - how two geologists' dramatic discoveries changed our understanding of the evolutionary path to modern humans
Carl Swisher
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JAVA MAN is the 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 of JAVA MAN brought the power of the most sensitive radiosotopic dating technique to Homo erectus fossils from the same island where Dubois toiled so diligently. Sensationally, their true age is almost two million years old, a million years older than anthropological theory has held. 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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* Co-written by Roger Lewin, 1989 winner of the Science Book of the Year (later the Rhone Poulenc) prize for BONES OF CONTENTION.

It's like finding a family of Neanderthals living in 1996
NEWSWEEK, December 1996 issue, on Curtis & Swisher's findings.

The world of anthropology has been turned on its head.

The story carries you along...provides a strong confirmation of the theory that 'Homo sapien s' evolved in Africa a few million years ago, at a time when there were several other 'Homo
species around the world.'

'A new and surprising dimension to the evolutionary picture. these hypotheses alter the story of hum

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