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Adventures in the Bone Trade: The Race to Discover our Ancestors in Ethiopia's Afar Depression

By: Jon E Kalb

389 pages, B/w photos, maps


Hardback | Dec 2000 | #95516 | ISBN: 0387987428
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Over the past 25 years, a stream of discoveries in the Afar Depression of Ethiopia has produced the longest, most complete single record of human fossil or artifact remains in the world. This book chronicles the exploration of this unique desert area. As a co-founder of the team that discovered Lucy, Kalb has first hand knowledge of the research involved in the findings of the region, as well as the intense personal and professional rivalry that accompanied those findings, all set against a rich backdrop of cultural and political struggles.


Part I: geological formation of the Afar, earth sciences revolution and its focus on the Afar, the authors interest in the region.- Part II: the author's first trip to the Afar, geographical setting and formation of team to explore, further explorations and Lucy.- Part III: early geologists exploration, first rivalries, famine, and life of the Afar nomads.- Part IV: political upheaval, treasure map to fossils, further political upheaval and effect on research, discovery of Bodo Skull.- Part V: Somali invasion, conflicts between research and politics, colonization of Ethiopia.- Epilogue: recent discoveries, return to Ethiopia, the next generation of explorers.

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