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Adventures With the Missing Link Hardcover – Import, January 1, 1959


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  • Hardcover: 251 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Brothers, NY (1959)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0000CKFHO
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,253,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Seymour on September 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I found this book a fascinating read. In the late 1950s I was a student at the University of the Witwatersrand, where Professor Raymond Arthur Dart was Professor of Anatomy. Although I never studied Dart's subject, as he was coming up to retirement in 1958, he gave a few general lectures on his work on the Taung child, which was the skull of one of the predecessors of modern man. I attended some of these lectures of his. He also gave a series of radio lecturers, called the van Riebiek Memorial Lectures (similar to the Reith Memorial Lectures on the BBC), on the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which I found very interesting. Having entered the world of astronomy and astrophysics I forgot about these earlier experiences, until I watched Dr Jacob Bronowski's series on THE ASCENT OF MAN, where he makes mention of the Taung child. As a result of his work on the Taung Child Skull, and other deposits of bones found in the same area, Dart proposed a more general theory that before the stone age there was another age in which people used bones, teeth and claws of animals, as tools. This aspect of his work is no longer accepted, but his claim that the Taung child was important to the history of modern man has stood the test of time. I enjoyed the book because it was a very vivid account of Dart's own work. I believe that, at least part of its success, is due to the fact that it was written in conjunction with the journalist Dennis Craig, who used to write for THE RAND DAILY MAIL. Dart's work has been discussed more recently in the Book BONES OF CONTENTION, which is also available from Amazon.
Percy Seymour (author of DARK MATTERS and THE BIRTH OF CHRIST)
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