Dragon Bones: the Story of Peking Man by Penny Van Oosterzee

Dragon Bones: the Story of Peking Man by Penny Van Oosterzee

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Men killed, stole and died for them. 'Dragon bones', coveted throughout China for their medicinal powers, are in reality animal fossils, ground down and sold through back-street apothecaries. This book reveals how they led to the unearthing of Peking Man, one of the most famous hominid fossils of all time. The author presents an historical account of the discovery of Peking Man, bringing to life the excitement of the times and placing the find in context of others such as Java Man. The excavation and subsequent classification of these fossils in the 19th and 20th centuries divided the scientific community and caused enormous controversy in anthropological circles. The account goes on to cover the mysterious disappearance of Peking Man during World War II. This 1999 Allen & Unwin Hardcover is in Near Mint condition.

ISBN: 9781865081236 SKU: 1037005 Note: Any image shown is from a stock photo and is not the actual book.