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Ancestral Passions By Virginia Morell

Ancestral Passions
by Virginia Morell

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A collected biography of anthropologists Louis, Mary, and Richard Leakey. Drawing on private papers and letters, the author attempts to present an insight into the private characters behind the public persona of the Leakey family.
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Ancestral Passions: Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings by Virginia Morell

This is a biography of the first family of anthropology - Louis, Mary and Richard Leakey, whose discoveries have laid the foundations for much of our knowledge about the origins of man. The Leakeys have dominated their science. Not only did each of them make key fossil discoveries, but Louis (who argued that man did not originate on the Eurasian continent tens of thousands of years ago, but was more likely to have evolved in Africa millions of years ago) helped to establish the theoretical groundwork for the science of paleonanthropology. The biography explores the Leakeys many significant finds, as they exposed our ancestry and articulated our relationship to the other primates, especially the early hominids. It also exposes the rivals and jealousies within the family and in relation to other scientists.

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Ancestral Passions: Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings by Virginia Morell
Virginia Morell
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Simon & Schuster Ltd
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