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Uncovering Our Earliest Ancestor

For more than a century, scientists have raced to unravel the human family tree and have grappled with its complications. Now, with an astonishing new discovery, everything we thought we knew about primate origins could change. Lying inside a high-security vault, deep within the heart of one of the world’s leading natural history museums, is the scientific find of a lifetime – a perfectly fossilized early primate, older than the previously most famous primate fossil, Lucy, by forty-four million years.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Science / Life Sciences / Developmental Biology

On Sale: August 11th 2010

Price: $15.99

Page Count: 272

ISBN-13: 9780316070096

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"This is an extraordinary fossil."—Sir David Attenborough
"This fossil will probably be the one that will be pictured in all textbooks for the next one hundred years."—Dr. Jørn Hurum, University of Oslo
"When the results of our investigations are published, this will be just like an asteroid hitting the Earth."—Dr. Jens Lorenz Franzen, Senckenberg Research Institute
"A kind of Rosetta stone... it ties together parts we haven't been able to associate before."—Dr. Philip Gingerich, University of Michigan
"The most beautiful fossil primate I've ever seen. In terms of a complete skeleton, it's hard to think of anything else in primate evolution that's as complete as this fossil."—Dr. Holly Smith, University of Michigan