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Dragon Bones: The Story of Peking Man

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ISBN13: 9780738202921
ISBN10: 0738202924
Condition: Standard
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Men killed for them, stole for them, and died for them. "Dragon bones," coveted throughout China for their medicinal powers, are in reality animal fossils, ground down and sold through back-street Chinese apothecaries. Yet at one time these "dragon bones" proved more valuable than anyone had imagined, for they led to the unearthing of one of the most famous hominid fossils of all time-Peking Man. The Peking Man fossils were the first convincing evidence that humans arose from apelike hominids.Penny van Oosterzee has written a riveting historical account of the discovery of Peking Man, from the excavation of one small fossilized molar to the mysterious disappearance of the fossils at the beginning of the Second World War.

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The author has written a riveting historical account of the discovery of Peking Man, from the excavation of one small fossilized molar to the mysterious disappearance of the fossils at the beginning of World War II. 10 illustrations.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 188-189) and index.

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Gold Gato, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
The title of this book lures you in, but soon you're reading about the unearthing of Peking Man. Since this was, at the time, the most famous discovery of hominid fossils ever, the details become quite absorbing for the reader.

Ancient Chinese apothecaries believed that the teeth of dragons could be used as medicine for epilepsy and madness. They could also calm the soul. Thus, the book starts with a decent historical perspective and then moves into the Boxer Rebellion, which in turn introduces us to the archaeologists who made the famous fossil discovery.

This really is an enthralling read. It's also a nice book, with good typeset and perfect for holding with one hand while balancing the other on commuter train grips.

"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time"

Book Season = Summer (makes you want to sign up for an expedition dig)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780738202921
Author:
Oosterzee, Penny Van
Author:
Van Oosterzee, Penny
Publisher:
Basic Books
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
China
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Paleontology
Subject:
Fossils
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
Evolution - Human
Subject:
Peking man.
Subject:
Excavations
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Series Volume:
106-195
Publication Date:
20000427
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
8.27x5.26x.70 in. .69 lbs.

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