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Becoming Human


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I began my book about the Leakey family by writing: “How and when did humans evolve?  In paleoanthropology, a first cousin of archaeology that asks this question, facts are found in fossils.” And most of those fossils have been found in East Africa.

Yesterday I had lunch with Carol (CAP) Saucier, author of The Lucy Man: The Scientist Who Found the Most Famous Fossil Ever (of course, the Leakeys have found a few famous fossils too!).  Carol’s book is very readable and tells the story of Dr. Donald C. Johanson, including, of course, his discovery of ‘Lucy’ (Australopithecus afarensis).   Carol told me about an essay contest on the topic “What makes us human and why?”  There is a fantastic prize for each of the three entry levels (grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12)—Dr. Johanson will speak in their classrooms.  Other prizes too.  The contest runs Aug. 15-Nov. 15, 2011.  For more information and to download the official entry form, click here

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