Annal: 1989 Aventis Prize for General Science Book

Results of the Aventis Prize in the year 1989.

Book:Bones of Contention

Bones of Contention: Controversies in the Search for Human Origins

Roger Lewin

Bones of Contention is a behind-the-scenes look at the search for human origins. Analyzing how the biases and preconceptions of paleoanthropologists shaped their work, Roger Lewin’s detective stories about the discovery of Neanderthal Man, the Taung Child, Lucy, and other major fossils provide insight into this most subjective of scientific endeavors. The new afterword looks at ways in which paleoanthropology, while becoming more scientific in many ways, remains contentious.

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