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The Bone Readers

by: Claudio Tuniz, Richard Gillespie & Cheryl Jones
published by: Allen & Unwin

Who owns the past? How do you read ancient bones? And what do artefacts, pollen and genes from the ice ages tell us about our origins?

Using ever more refined techniques, scientists can now describe ancient landscapes and the early humans and animals once inhabiting them. The Bone Readers examines the facts and myths about the first human arrival in Australia and its region; what modern DNA tells us about the origin of Australian Aborigines; theories on the Indonesian hobbits'; and who or what killed off Australia's giant marsupials. The findings from Australia and its neighbours are echoed in debates over the mysterious demise of the Neanderthals and shed light on human evolution.

But, as ever, scientists are divided. The Bone Readers explores the debate and the ideas that have fuelled it.

RRP: $35.00


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