Dragon Bones
by van Oosterzee Penny (9781865081236)

Dragon Bones
 
van Oosterzee Penny
Release Date: 01 September 1999
Format: Hardback
Pages: 208
Category: Popular Science
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781865081236



An enthralling read about the discovery of the famous `Peking Man' fossil.
At the end of the nineteenth century in China, amateur fossil hunters knew that a ready supply of fossils could be found in backstreet Chinese apothecaries. They were sold as 'dragon bones', to be ground down and made into powerful medicines. When the sources of these fossils were tracked down they revealed sites rich with the remains of horses, rhinoceroses, elephants . and the ancestors of mankind. .. Set against a background of squabbling Chinese warlords and the Japanese occupation, a team of Chinese and Europeans worked diligently in primitive and often dangerous conditions to uncover the origins of man. What they found was one of the most famous hominid fossils of all time-Peking Man. .. Penny van Oosterzee has written a riveting historical account of the discovery of Peking Man, from the excavation of one small fossilised molar to the mysterious disappearance of the fossils at the beginning of World War II.

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