The First Human In what must be a faintly galling development to those who subscribe to the counter-evolution theory known as intelligent design, paleontologists are peering back even… The First Human In what must be a faintly galling development to those who subscribe to the counter-evolution theory known as intelligent design, paleontologists are peering back even… 2006-04-18 Nonfiction Science and Technology Doubleday
Book Review

The First Human (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 18, 2006; Writer: Ann Gibbons; Genres: Nonfiction, Science and Technology; Publisher: Doubleday

In what must be a faintly galling development to those who subscribe to the counter-evolution theory known as intelligent design, paleontologists are peering back even further in time for evidence of our earliest ancestors. In fact, recent fossil discoveries suggest that 3.1 million-year-old ''Lucy,'' long thought to be the earliest human, might be predated by hominids who walked the earth another 3 million years earlier. With great flair (and a real gift for explaining a somewhat dusty science), Ann Gibbons recounts a recent tale of four research teams in The First Human — each with its share of gigantic brains, egos, and competitive drive — locked in a thrilling race to establish nothing less than the dawn of humankind.

Originally posted Apr 14, 2006 Published in issue #873 Apr 21, 2006 Order article reprints