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The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey By Christopher Beard

The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey
by Christopher Beard

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Chronicles the saga of two centuries of scientific exploration in search of anthropoid origins, from the early work of Georges Cuvier, the father of paleontology, to the discoveries in Asia, Africa, and North America's Rocky Mountains.
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The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey: Unearthing the Origins of Monkeys, Apes, and Humans by Christopher Beard

Taking us back roughly 45 million years into the Eocene, 'the dawn of recent life,' Chris Beard, a world-renowned expert on the primate fossil record, offers a tantalizing new perspective on our deepest evolutionary roots. In a fast-paced narrative full of vivid stories from the field, he reconstructs our extended family tree, showing that the first anthropoids - the diverse and successful group that includes monkeys, apes, and humans - evolved millions of years earlier than was previously suspected and emerged in Asia rather than Africa. In "The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey", Beard chronicles the saga of two centuries of scientific exploration in search of anthropoid origins, from the early work of Georges Cuvier, the father of paleontology, to the latest discoveries in Asia, Africa, and North America's Rocky Mountains. Against this historical backdrop, he weaves the story of how his own expeditions have unearthed crucial fossils - including the controversial primate Eosimias - that support his compelling new vision of anthropoid evolution. The only book written for a wide audience that explores this remote phase of our own evolutionary history, "The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey" adds a fascinating new chapter to our understanding of humanity's relationship to the rest of life on earth.

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The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey Reviews


"Demonstrates that there is still much to be discovered about primate origins and evolution."--Reviews In Anthropology "Interested readers who want to become better informed about early primate evolution should turn to K. C. Beard's The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey, an accessible, authoritative alternative."--Science (Aaas)

About Christopher Beard


Chris Beard is Curator and Head, Section of Vertebrate Paleontology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History and winner of a MacArthur "genius" grant.

Table of Contents


Preface Chapter One. Missing Links and Dawn Monkeys Chapter Two. Toward Egypt's Sacred Bull Chapter Three. A Gem from the Willwood Chapter Four. The Forest in the Sahara Chapter Five. Received Wisdom Chapter Six. The Birth of a Ghost Lineage Chapter Seven. Initial Hints from Deep Time Chapter Eight. Ghost Busters Chapter Nine. Resurrecting the Ghost Chapter Ten. Into the African Melting Pot Chapter Eleven. Paleoanthropology and Pithecophobia Notes Bibliography

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GOR005647884
The Hunt for the Dawn Monkey: Unearthing the Origins of Monkeys, Apes, and Humans by Christopher Beard
Christopher Beard
Used - Very Good
Hardback
University of California Press
2004-12-17
363
0520233697
9780520233690
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