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By Jon Kalb

As co-founder of the excursion that came upon Lucy, and chief of many of the first site-surveys within the Afar melancholy in Ethiopia, Jon Kalb has years of expertise with the quarter, its politics, and the scientists enthusiastic about the excavations. A player himself within the "bone wars" that followed those discoveries, Kalb recounts the cutthroat festival and again stabbing that have been usually a part of the media-highlighted race to discover the oldest hominid fossil. He weaves this tale within the wealthy cloth of Ethiopian society and politics, the plight of the areas peoples, and the foreign maneuverings for regulate of the fossil unearths.

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That we did. We half carried Ali to the Land Rover, propped him up between us, and took off. God, is this man contagious or what? I thought. As we left, Maurice Th e Aw a s h Va l l e y 23 told one of the elders that we had “much food” for them nearby. We loaded a couple of men into the back of the pickup and bounced along to the dead ostrich. It was already covered with vultures, which flapped off as we approached. The Afar got out of the truck and looked at the tangled heap. ” That is the Muslim holy time, and the Afar were fasting—not that they would eat the mess now anyway.

The timing of our visit could not have been worse, since Maurice was apprehensive anyway about being around the other French geologists. From a few remarks, I guessed it had something to do with his background. C. Among the settlements was Carthage and nearby Bizerta, one of the first Punic ports on the North African coast. When Tunisia became a French protectorate in 1881, Bizerta became an important naval base, and it was a center of fierce fighting during World War II, at the time when Maurice was in grade school.

During all this time I pecked away at an undergraduate degree in geology, first in Texas, then at American University in the national capital. I was a terrible student, but my experience won me a graduate scholarship at Johns Hopkins in geology. , for her home-state senator. During a three-year courtship we had gone on long hikes in the Appalachians, stayed in youth hostels from Maryland to West Virginia, and become immersed in the charged climate of civil rights and anti-war marches that raged across the nation in the mid-1960s.

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