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Johanson, Donald C.

Overview
Works: 107 works in 431 publications in 10 languages and 17,162 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Documentary television programs  Drama  Comedy films  Political films  Juvenile works  Nonfiction films  Children's films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Host, Author of introduction, Interviewee
Classifications: GN283.25, 569.9
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Lucy, the beginnings of humankind by Donald C Johanson( Book )

111 editions published between 1980 and 2001 in 10 languages and held by 4,251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the discovery of the oldest, most complete skeleton of any erect walking human ancestor ever found in 1974 in Ethiopia
From Lucy to language by Donald C Johanson( Book )

49 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 2,566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1974 in a remote region of Ethiopia, Donald Johanson, then one of America's most promising young paleoanthropologists, discovered "Lucy", the oldest, best preserved skeleton of any erect-walking human ever found. This discovery prompted a complete reevaluation of previous evidence for human origins. In the years since this dramatic discovery Johanson has continued to scour east Africa's Great Rift Valley for the earliest evidence of human origins. In 1975 this team unearthed the "First Family", an unparalleled fossil assemblage of 13 individuals dating back to 3.2 million years ago and in 1986 at the Rift's most famous location, Olduvai Gorge, this same team discovered a 1.8 million-year-old partial adult skeleton that necessitated a reassessment of the earliest members of our own genus Homo. Johanson's fieldwork continues unabated and recently more fossil members of Lucy's family have been found, including the 1992 discovery of the oldest, most complete skull of her species, with future research now planned for 1996 in the virtually unexplored regions of the most northern extension of the Rift Valley in Eritrea. From Lucy to language is a summing up of this remarkable career and a stunning documentary of human life through time on Earth. It is a combination of the vital experience of field work and the intellectual rigor of primary research. It is the fusion of two great writing talents: Johanson and Blake Edgar, an accomplished science writer, editor of the California Academy of Sciences' Pacific Discovery, and co-author of Johanson's last book, Ancestors. From Lucy to language is one of the greatest stories ever told, bracketing the timeline between bipedalism and human language. Part I addresses the central issues facing anyone seeking to decipher the mystery of human origins. In this section the authors provide answers to the basics -- "What are our closest living relatives?"--Tackle the controversial -- "What is race?"--and contemplate the imponderables -- "Why did consciousness evolve?" From Lucy to language is an encounter with the evidence. Early human fossils are hunted, discovered, identified, excavated, collected, preserved, labeled, cleaned, reconstructed, drawn, fondled, photographed, cast, compared, measured, revered, pondered, published, and argued over endlessly. Fossils like Lucy have become a talisman of sorts, promising to reveal the deepest secrets of our existence. In Part II the authors profile over fifty of the most significant early human fossils ever found. Each specimen is displayed in color and at actual size, most of them in multiple views. With them the authors present the cultural accoutrements associated with the fossils: stone tools which evidence increasing sophistication over time, the earliest stone, clay, and ivory art objects, and the culminating achievement of the dawn of human consciousness -- the magnificent rock and cave paintings of Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Americas. In the end From Lucy to language is a reminder and a challenge. Like no species before us, we now seem poised to control vast parts of the planet and its life. We possess the power to influence, if not govern, evolution. For that reason, we must not forget our link to the natural world and our debt to natural selection. We need to "think deep", to add a dose of geologic time and evolutionary history to our perspective of who we are, where we came from, and where we are headed. This is the most poignant lesson this book has to offer
Blueprints : solving the mystery of evolution by Maitland A Edey( Book )

19 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and Italian and held by 1,726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chapters on Charles Darwin, Gregor Mendel, Hugo de Vries, Friedrich Miescher, George Beadle, Edward L. Tatum, Oswald Avery, James Watson, Francis Crick, Stanley L. Miller, Manfred Eigen, Carl L. Woese, and others
Lucy's legacy : the quest for human origins by Donald C Johanson( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this sequel to the bestseller Lucy : the Beginnings of Humankind, celebrated paleoanthropologist Johanson and science journalist Wong explore the extraordinary discoveries since Lucy was unearthed more than three decades ago
Ancestors : in search of human origins by Donald C Johanson( Book )

10 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 1,177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When he discovered "Lucy," the oldest skeleton of any erect-walking human ancestor ever found, Donald Johanson made headlines all over the world." "Johanson, author of Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind, the controversial bestseller that altered the science of anthropology, is now the preeminent authority on human evolution. In Ancestors, his most ambitious work to date, Johanson calls on both extensive, hands-on field-work and current scientific theory to widen the ever-growing window to the human past." "Ancestors is the companion volume to a three-part miniseries - hosted by Johanson - of the award-winning PBS science series NOVA. With spectacular photographs and riveting accounts of Dr. Johanson's recent adventures in such exotic landscapes as fossil-rich eastern Africa and the Willandra Lakes region of Australia, the excitement of discovery is contagious. Like a good detective on a lead, Johanson crosses four continents, gathering clues to hominid anatomy, habitat, and placement along the fossil time line in an effort to piece together a compelling picture of human ancestry." "Johanson draws from the work of other evolution detectives - archeologists, biologists, geologists, other paleoanthropologists - introducing a cast of eccentric characters and giving a behind-the-scenes look at how scientists work. Johanson also delves into the three most hotly debated topics in the field: why hominids began to walk upright, whether they were "noble hunters" or "cunning scavengers," and at what point Homo sapiens evolved." "Full of anecdote, drama, innovative theory, and the mystery of human origins, Ancestors is a spell-binding read."--Jacket
Journey from the dawn : life with the world's first family by Donald C Johanson( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The paleoanthropologist who discovered "Lucy" teamed up with the artist Kevin O'Farrell to re-create, as closely as the facts allow, what life was like for the world's first family more than 3 million years ago
In search of human origins by Donald C Johanson( Visual )

9 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Episode 1: The story of Lucy. In 1974, Johanson unearthed Lucy, at almost 3 million years of age, our oldest human ancestor. Lucy's tiny three-and-a-half-foot skeleton set the world of paleoanthropology on its ear. Lucy walked upright and it was proven that a larger brain was the key difference between early man and the ape. Episode 2: Surviving in Africa. Johanson sets out to disprove the long-cherished view that early man's larger brain and reliance on technology are the by-products of the ability to hunt. He embarks on a journey across the Serengeti savanna of East Africa in search of food. He finds it- not by hunting but by scavenging off the leftovers of lions and leopards. Episode 3: The creative revolution. Fifty thousand years ago, a dramatic change swept through the hunter-gatherers then living in Africa. They began to paint, carve, talk, bury their dead, travel and trade. What accounts for this sudden transformation? This question continues to be at the heart of heated debates
The skull of Australopithecus afarensis by William H Kimbel( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book is the most in-depth account of the fossil skull anatomy and evolutionary significance of the 3.6-3.0 million year old early human species Australopithecus afarensis. Knowledge of this species is pivotal to understanding early human evolution, because 1) the sample of fossil remains of A. afarensis is among the most extensive for any early human species, and the majority of remains are of taxonomically inormative skulls and teeth; 2) the wealth of material makes A. afarensis an indispensible point of reference for the interpretation of other fossil discoveries; 3) the species occupies a time period that is the focus of current research to determine when, where, and why the human lineage first diversified into separate contemporaneous lines of descent. Upon publication of this book, this species will be among the most thoroughly documented extinct ancestors of humankind. The main focus of the book - its organizing principle - is the first complete skull of A. afarensis (specimen number A.L. 444-2) at the Hadar site, Ethiopia, the home of the remarkably complete 3.18 million year old skeleton known as "Lucy," found at Hadar by third author D. Johanson in 1974.; Lucy and other fossils from Hadar, together with those from the site of Laetoli in Tanzania, were controversially attributed to the then brand new species A. afarensis by Johanson, T. White and Y. Coppens in 1978. However, a complete skull, which would have quickly resolved much of the early debate over the species, proved elusive until second author Y. Rak's discovery of the 444 skull in 1992. The book details the comparative anatomy of the new skull (and the cast of its brain, analyzed by R. Holloway and M. Huan), as well as of other skull and dental finds recovered during the latest, ongoing field work at Hadar, and analyzes the evolutionary significance of A. afarensis in the context of other critically important discoveries of earliest humans made in recent years. In essence, it summarizes the state of knowledge about one of the central subjects of current paleoanthropological investigation
Surviving in Africa( Visual )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paleoanthropologist Don Johanson sets out to disprove that early man's larger brain and reliance on technology are the by-products of the ability to hunt. He embarks on a journey across the Serengeti savanna of East Africa to attempt to reconstruct early man's survival behaviors. He finds food not by hunting but by scavenging off the leftovers of lions and leopards
Lucy's child : the discovery of a human ancestor by Donald C Johanson( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Johanson's major paleoanthropological discovery at Olduvai Gorge in July 1986
The Creative revolution( Visual )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifty thousand years ago a dramatic change swept through the hunter-gatherers then living in Africa. They began to paint, carve, talk, bury their dead, and to travel and trade. Scientists continue to debate the reasons for this sudden transformation. Don Johanson sets out to retrace the migration of our ancient ancestors from Africa, to Asia, to Europe and even to Australia. Prehistoric art and cave paintings are investigated in an effort to find clues to how and when our ancestors evolved into modern human beings
The story of Lucy( Visual )

7 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1974 Don Johanson unearthed Lucy, at almost 3 million years of age, our oldest human ancestor. Lucy's tiny three-and-a-half-foot skeleton set the world of paleoanthropology on its ear. Lucy walked upright and provided evidence that a larger brain was the key difference between early man and the ape. Johanson recounts his discovery of Lucy as he returns to the site of his find in Ethiopia and expounds upon the important information it still continues to generate
Fossils, clues to the past by Herbert H Rosen( Visual )

5 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Donald C. Johanson discusses what a fossil is and some of the ways in which they are formed. He also discusses what fossils reveal and how scientists determine their age
Lucys Kind : auf der Suche nach den ersten Menschen by Donald C Johanson( Book )

3 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in German and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In search of human origins( Visual )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1974 Don Johanson unearthed Lucy, at almost 3 million years of age, our oldest human ancestor. Lucy's tiny three-and-a-half-foot skeleton set the world of paleoanthropology on its ear. Lucy walked upright and provided evidence that a larger brain was the key difference between early man and the ape. In this film Johanson recounts his discovery of Lucy as he returns to the site of his find in Ethiopia and expounds upon the important information it still continues to generate
The human odyssey : four million years of human evolution by Ian Tattersall( Book )

3 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three and a half million years ago, two upright figures walked together across the Laetoli desert in Tanzania, their footsteps captured forever in volcanic ash. Were these remarkable footprints made by one of our earliest ancestors, and what can they tell us about the human evolutionary journey? This is just one of the puzzles of the compelling story of human evolution explored in this volume. Based on the new Hall of Human Biology and Evolution at the American Museum of Natural History, the most extensive exhibition of the subject ever designed, The Human Odyssey examines how both significant fossil finds and startling new theories have been used by scientists to trace the path of human evolution
La Fille de Lucy by Donald C Johanson( Book )

2 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in French and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dans ce véritable roman d'aventures scientifiques, Donald Johanson raconte sa découverte, en 1986, d'un morceau de coude et d'un éclat de mâchoire de deux millions et demi d'années. Il retrace aussi "l'histoire de l'enquête qui a suivi et de la polémique qui a secoué la communauté paléoanthropologique."
First family( Visual )

10 editions published between 1980 and 1998 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells of the 1974 discovery in Ethiopia of the oldest, most complete skeleton of human ancestry and the discovery in 1975 of the remains of thirteen persons believed to be three million years old. Curator of physical anthropology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and American leader of the exploration team, Donald C. Johanson, discusses the significance of the discovery
The last human : a guide to twenty-two species of extinct humans by Esteban E Sarmiento( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the story of human evolution with scientific reconstructions of twenty-two species of extinct humans. Offers a description of "a day in the life" of each species and an account of its anatomy, behavior, and habitat
Festschrift Albert Dahlberg by Albert A Dahlberg( Book )

4 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Lucy, the beginnings of humankind
Alternative Names
D. C. ジョハンソン

Donald Carl Johanson

Donald Džohanson

Donald Johanson Amerikaans antropoloog

Donald Johanson US-amerikanischer Paläoanthropologe, Entdecker von Lucy

Džohansons, Donalds

Johanson, D. C.

Johanson, Don.

Johanson, Don 1943-

Johanson, Don (Donald), 1943-

Johanson, Donald.

Johanson, Donald 1943-

Johanson, Donald C.

Johanson, Donald Carl

Johanson, Donald Carl 1943-

Johanson, Donald E.

Джохансон, Д

Джохансон, Д. (Дональд)

Джохансон, Дональд

Доналд Џохансон

Дональд Джогансон

ג'והנסון, דונלד

דונלד ג'והנסון

دونالد جانسون

دونالد جوهانسون

도널드 조핸슨

조핸슨, 도널드 1943-

ジョハンソン, ドナルド・C

唐纳德·约翰森

Languages
English (243)

German (21)

Italian (15)

Spanish (13)

French (10)

Swedish (3)

Japanese (2)

Dutch (2)

Arabic (1)

Russian (1)

Covers
From Lucy to languageBlueprints : solving the mystery of evolutionLucy's legacy : the quest for human originsThe skull of Australopithecus afarensisLucy's child : the discovery of a human ancestorThe human odyssey : four million years of human evolutionThe last human : a guide to twenty-two species of extinct humans