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Ancient Bones: Unearthing the Astonishing New Story of How We Became Human

Ancient Bones: Unearthing the Astonishing New Story of How We Became Human - Madelaine B�hme

Ancient Bones: Unearthing the Astonishing New Story of How We Became Human


Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking discoveries of human remains in recent history.

Somewhere west of Munich, paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her colleagues dig for clues to the origins of humankind. What they discover is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of Danuvius guggenmosi make headlines around the world. This ancient ape defies prevailing theories of human history--his skeletal adaptations suggest a new common ancestor between apes and humans, one that dwelled in Europe, not Africa. Might the great apes that traveled from Africa to Europe before Danuvius's time be the key to understanding our own origins?

All this and more is explored in Ancient Bones. Using her expertise as a paleoclimatologist and paleontologist, B hme pieces together an awe-inspiring picture of great apes that crossed land bridges from Africa to Europe millions of years ago, evolving in response to the challenging conditions they found.


She also takes us behind the scenes of her research, introducing us to former theories of human evolution (complete with helpful maps and diagrams), and walks us through musty museum overflow storage where she finds forgotten fossils with yellowed labels, before taking us along to the momentous dig where she and the team unearthed Danuvius guggenmosi himself--and the incredible reverberations his discovery caused around the world.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, University of Edinburgh paleontologist and New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story. B hme's hypotheses--written with enthusiasm and clarity--will be scientifically scrutinized for decades to come."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking discoveries of human remains in recent history.

Somewhere west of Munich, paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her colleagues dig for clues to the origins of humankind. What they discover is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of Danuvius guggenmosi make headlines around the world. This ancient ape defies prevailing theories of human history--his skeletal adaptations suggest a new common ancestor between apes and humans, one that dwelled in Europe, not Africa. Might the great apes that traveled from Africa to Europe before Danuvius's time be the key to understanding our own origins?

All this and more is explored in Ancient Bones. Using her expertise as a paleoclimatologist and paleontologist, B hme pieces together an awe-inspiring picture of great apes that crossed land bridges from Africa to Europe millions of years ago, evolving in response to the challenging conditions they found.


She also takes us behind the scenes of her research, introducing us to former theories of human evolution (complete with helpful maps and diagrams), and walks us through musty museum overflow storage where she finds forgotten fossils with yellowed labels, before taking us along to the momentous dig where she and the team unearthed Danuvius guggenmosi himself--and the incredible reverberations his discovery caused around the world.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, University of Edinburgh paleontologist and New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story. B hme's hypotheses--written with enthusiasm and clarity--will be scientifically scrutinized for decades to come."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


"Part Sherlock Holmes, part Indiana Jones, Ancient Bones is an entertaining and provocative retelling of the human evolutionary story."--Jeremy DeSilva, author of First Steps: How Upright Walking Made Us Human

Fans of Sapiens will love this "fascinating forensic inquiry into human origins" (Kirkus), where a renowned paleontologist takes readers behind the scenes of one of the most groundbreaking investigations into the origins of humankind.

Africa has long been considered the cradle of life--where life and humans evolved--but somewhere west of Munich, Germany, paleoclimatologist and paleontologist Madelaine B hme and her team make a discovery that is beyond anything they ever imagined: the twelve-million-year-old bones of an ancient ape--Danuvius guggenmos--whichmakes headlines around the world and defies prevailing theories of human history and where human life began.

Ancient Bones takes readers behind the scenes of this incredible discovery, and invites readers to explore theories concerning early hominins to prehistoric humans, how climate and the environment were driving forces behind evolution, and how pivotal evolutionary steps--from our ability to communicate using complex speech to walking upright and using our hands to create--were necessary for humans to evolve and live on this planet. Blending science, history and mystery, Ancient Bones explores a fascinating new chapter in the origins of humanity and, above all, brings clarity to what makes humans human.

With prose that read like a thrilling detective story, and pages that feature more than 50 images of fossils, maps, and illustrations and diagrams, this exciting exploration of humanity will prove an indispensable read for those who are endlessly curious about who we are, how we got here, and what comes next.

Praise for Ancient Bones:

"Readable and thought-provoking. Madelaine B hme is an iconoclast whose fossil discoveries have challenged long-standing ideas on the origins of the ancestors of apes and humans."--Steve Brusatte, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally thought-provoking read."--Midwest Book Review

"An impressive introduction to the burgeoning recalibration of paleoanthropology."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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