Adventures in the Bone Trade

The Race to Discover Human Ancestors in Ethiopia’s Afar Depression

  • Authors
  • Jon Kalb

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Pages 3-13
  3. Pages 14-20
  4. Pages 21-41
  5. Pages 42-53
  6. Pages 54-69
  7. Pages 70-89
  8. Pages 90-97
  9. Pages 98-110
  10. Pages 111-122
  11. Pages 123-137
  12. Pages 138-151
  13. Pages 152-158
  14. Pages 159-168
  15. Pages 169-176
  16. Pages 177-188
  17. Pages 189-193
  18. Pages 194-206
  19. Pages 207-215
  20. Pages 216-223

About this book


Over the past 25 years, a stream of fossil and artifact discoveries in the Afar Depression of Ethiopia has produced the longest single record of human ancestors in the world. Many of the fossils found in this region are the missing links leading to modern humans. This book chronicles the exploration of this unique desert area, focusing especially on the 1970s when the valley was mapped and many fossils and archeological sites were discovered. The author gives his personal account of the 25 years he spent researching the region.
As co-founder of the team that discovered Lucy, Jon Kalb has first-hand knowledge of the research that was involved in the findings of this region and of the intense rivalry that has accompanied those findings. He discusses the political drama of Ethiopia and the effects this chaos had on the Afar. This book covers the scientific discoveries of the area, the author's own explorations and findings, and the political struggles involved with these discoveries.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Jon E. Kalb 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-98742-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-21618-8
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