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The Hobbit Trap

Author : Maciej Henneberg
ISBN : 9781315418278
Genre : Social Science
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When scientists found the remains of a tiny hominid on an Indonesian in 2004, they claimed they found a totally new species of human ancestor (homo floresiensis), and called it a Hobbit. Film crews rolled in and the little creature took the world by storm, but a group of prominent scientists, including Maciej Henneberg and Robert Eckhardt, smelled a rat. They refuted the data—the size and shape of bones, the inferences about height—and they raised fundamental questions about scientific method, revealing cultural and political pressures that lead to the wide acceptance of unsupported theories. The Hobbit Trap describes how the case against the “new species” theory developed and offers an important critique of the species concept in evolution. In this thoroughly updated second edition, the authors include new data and analysis of the Flores fossils, and expand their important analysis of scientific practice, calling for a new movement to reverse the decline in scientific standards and the rise in scientific politics. This lively and important challenge to conventional wisdom is accessible to the general reader and makes a stimulating addition to courses on the history and philosophy of science, evolution and physical anthropology.

Seven Skeletons

Author : Lydia Pyne
ISBN : 9780698409422
Genre : History
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An irresistible journey of discovery, science, history, and myth making, told through the lives and afterlives of seven famous human ancestors Over the last century, the search for human ancestors has spanned four continents and resulted in the discovery of hundreds of fossils. While most of these discoveries live quietly in museum collections, there are a few that have become world-renowned celebrity personas—ambassadors of science that speak to public audiences. In Seven Skeletons, historian of science Lydia Pyne explores how seven such famous fossils of our ancestors have the social cachet they enjoy today. Drawing from archives, museums, and interviews, Pyne builds a cultural history for each celebrity fossil—from its discovery to its afterlife in museum exhibits to its legacy in popular culture. These seven include the three-foot tall “hobbit” from Flores, the Neanderthal of La Chapelle, the Taung Child, the Piltdown Man hoax, Peking Man, Australopithecus sediba, and Lucy—each embraced and celebrated by generations, and vivid examples of how discoveries of how our ancestors have been received, remembered, and immortalized. With wit and insight, Pyne brings to life each fossil, and how it is described, put on display, and shared among scientific communities and the broader public. This fascinating, endlessly entertaining book puts the impact of paleoanthropology into new context, a reminder of how our past as a species continues to affect, in astounding ways, our present culture and imagination. From the Hardcover edition.

Wij De Mens

Author : Frank Westerman
ISBN : 9789021412146
Genre : Social Science
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Allemaal slaan we verwoed met onze staart op het water, maar anders dan de walvis menen wij mensen dat ons spetteren ertoe doet. September 2003. In een grot op Flores, Indonesië, komt een fossiele oermens bloot te liggen van amper een meter hoog. Rondom haar liggen skeletten van ratten zo groot als honden, olifanten zo klein als pony’s en reuzenooievaars van 1 meter 80. Wat zegt deze spiegelwereld over wie wij zijn en waar we vandaan komen? Wij, de mens neemt de lezer mee op een filosofische wereldreis – van de Maasvallei tot op de vulkaanhellingen van Indonesië. De inzet is hoog. Want als wij de overtreffende trap van het dier zijn, waarin schuilt dan het onderscheid?

The South African Archaeological Bulletin

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105132649455
Genre : Ethnology
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Science

Author : John Michels
ISBN : UIUC:30112083912557
Genre : Science
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The Science Teacher

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ISBN : UCSD:31822033921792
Genre : Science
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Der Kleine Hobbit

Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
ISBN : 3423214139
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Das Sechste Sterben

Author : Elizabeth Kolbert
ISBN : 9783518740620
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Sie haben noch nie etwas vom Stummelfußfrosch gehört? Oder vom Sumatra-Nashorn? Gut möglich, dass Sie auch nie von ihnen hören werden, denn sie sind dabei auszusterben. Wir erleben derzeit das sechste sogenannte Massenaussterben: In einem relativ kurzen Zeitraum verschwinden ungewöhnlich viele Arten. Experten gehen davon aus, dass es das verheerendste sein wird, seit vor etwa 65 Millionen Jahren ein Asteroid unter anderem die Dinosaurier auslöschte. Doch dieses Mal kommt die Bedrohung nicht aus dem All, sondern wir tragen die Verantwortung. Wie haben wir Menschen das Massenaussterben herbeigeführt? Wie können wir es beenden? Elizabeth Kolbert spricht mit Geologen, die verschwundene Ozeane erforschen, begleitet Botaniker in die Anden und begibt sich gemeinsam mit Tierschützern auf die Suche nach den letzten Exemplaren gefährdeter Arten. Sie zeigt, wie ernst die Lage ist, und macht uns zu Zeugen der dramatischen Ereignisse auf unserem Planeten.

Earth Magazine

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105132729091
Genre : Geology
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Die Perle

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ISBN : OCLC:985114603
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