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Bones, Rocks and Stars free pdf What is the Turin Shroud? When were the Pyramids built? Where are the branches on the human family tree? Why did the dinosaurs die out? How did the Earth take shape? With questions like these, says Chris Turney, time is of the essence. And understanding how we pinpoint the past, he cautions, is crucial to putting the present in perspective and planning for the future. In ten chapters, each focussing on a well-known dating controversy (from the existence of King Arthur to the last Ice Age), Turney reveals the leg-work behind the headlines. Drawing on years of professional experience, most recently with the celebrated 'Hobbit' fossil of Indonesia, Turney explains how written records, carbon, pollen, tree rings, constellations, and DNA sequencing can help archaeologists, paleontologists and geologists to 'tell the time'. We ignore or misunderstand these techniques and their results at our peril, he concludes.

About Chris Turney

CHRIS TURNEY is a British Geologist currently based at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He did the radiocarbon dating on the 'Hobbit' fossil of Flores, Indonesia, that hit the headlines worldwide. He has published numerous scientific papers and magazine articles and done many media interviews thanks to his infectious enthusiasm for working out how old things are.

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Author : Chris Turney
Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
Data Published : 05 November 2007
ISBN : 0230551947
EAN : 9780230551947
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 200 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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