Java Man: How Two Geologists Changed Our Understanding of Human Evolution

Paperback | November 1, 2001

byCarl C. Swisher III

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"'Garniss, lend me your knife for a second, will you,' I whispered." So begins Java Man, the inside story of how one discovery—a human skull found on the island of Java—by two geologists shook the foundations of science. By uncovering new evidence about the hominid known as Java man, Carl C. Swisher and Garniss H. Curtis were able to date his fossil remains at 1.7 million years, an age that stunned the scientific community because it pushed back the time when humans migrating out of Africa first reached Eurasia by nearly one million years. Cowritten by the popular science writer Roger Lewin, this is a gripping and informative account of the discovery that breathed new life into the human origins debate.

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2000 ISBN: 0-684-80000-4

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"'Garniss, lend me your knife for a second, will you,' I whispered." So begins Java Man, the inside story of how one discovery—a human skull found on the island of Java—by two geologists shook the foundations of science. By uncovering new evidence about the hominid known as Java man, Carl C. Swisher and Garniss H. Curtis were able to d...

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"'Garniss, lend me your knife for a second, will you,' I whispered." So begins Java Man, the inside story of how one discovery—a human skull found on the island of Java—by two geologists shook the foundations of science. By uncovering new evidence about the hominid known as Java man, Carl C. Swisher and Garniss H. Curtis were able to d...

Carl C. Swisher III is an associate professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at Rutgers University.Garniss H. Curtis, a pioneer of modern techniques for dating ancient rocks, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Berkeley Geochronology Center.Roger Lewin is the author of seventeen books, including Bones of Contention a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:November 1, 2001Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Tales a Child Can Tell
2. The Road to Trinil
3. On to Mojokerto
4. The Lure of the Missing Link
5. Dubois's Story: Link No Longer Missing
6. The Child Has a Date
7. Rocky Marriage, Painful Separation
8. On the Cusp of Humanity
9. A Change of Body
10. A Change of Mind
11. The Origin of Modern Humans
12. Headhunters at Ngandong
13. Facing the Inescapable
Notes
Index