Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates

Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw recount the unearthing of four hominins Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, and Iceman Each discovery leads not only to deductions that scientists made in laboratories, but also to controversial debates over the scientists differences of opinion over how, or even if, the pieces fit together.Learn how specialized the field of arcJill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw recount the unearthing of four hominins Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, and Iceman Each discovery leads not only to deductions that scientists made in laboratories, but also to controversial debates over the scientists differences of opinion over how, or even if, the pieces fit together.Learn how specialized the field of archaeology has become and how new technology can change both scientists theories and the way we view the past.
Every Bone Tells a Story Hominin Discoveries Deductions and Debates Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw recount the unearthing of four hominins Turkana Boy Lapedo Child Kennewick Man and Iceman Each discovery leads not only to deductions that scientists made in lab

  • Title: Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates
  • Author: Jill Rubalcaba Peter Robertshaw
  • ISBN: 9781580891646
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates”

    1. This is just an absolutely superb introduction to the processes of archaeology and human anthropology for young people.The structure seems a bit daunting: 4 sections on each of 4 different hominin finds; each section divided into 3 subsections: Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates. But in practice, this structure is handled amazingly well. Each hominin is introduced to us first through an imagined reconstruction of his last day of life, then through an account of the finding of his remains, with [...]

    2. A totally readable well explained book. This tells of 4 different fossil finds of early hominins (humans or human ancestors) and explains their scientific significance as well as the different debates that developed because of them. I picked this one up expecting it to be OK. I was interested in the topic, but honestly didn't expect to get through it all - the physical format of the pages looks dense and a little uninviting. BUT INSTEAD - it was awesome and totally grabbed me from the first chap [...]

    3. Gave it 4 starts beacuse it’s an Amazing book. It’s about 4 stories, each about a body found from a long time ago. The turkana boy, lapedo child, Kennewick man, and the iceman. Each story tells how to body is found, and excavated, also explains how the scientist compare to modern human bodies. It also tells in a few stories how the body died and what happened after their death. Do recommend to those who like science and archeology.

    4. Was a very interesting book, and had a good subject. However, each chapter had 3 parts, how they discovered it, the story of the mummies life, and debates about the mummy. The debates were completely unnecessary and didn't do any good to the book.

    5. With an emphasis on nonfiction in the Common Core, several nonfiction selections will appear in my creative writing class for the first time: The Ominivore's Dilemma; Chasing Lincoln's Killer; Flesh and Blood So Cheap; and Every Bone Tells a Story.I discovered Every Bone Tells a Story in Carol Jago's book on the Common Core, With Rigor for All. With biography and autobiography often being the dominant nonfiction found on our classroom bookshelves or in our students' hands, I dug into Every Bone [...]

    6. In discrete chapters the authors tell of the discovery of four ordinary people who lived thousands of, and in one case more than a million, years before recorded history. Most of the action takes place after the exciting discoveries, when in the lab, scientists uncover how these four individuals lived and died. Rubalcaba and Robertshaw do an excellent job of representing the excitement of the find. They write evocative descriptions of the moment each hominin died and describe the fate of the rem [...]

    7. I am pairing Stargazing Dog with Every Bone Tells a Story because the process used to piece together the man’s history reminds me of an archaeologist’s search for answers from the past. Both rely on keen observational skills, inference, and analysis of life.The reader of these books would have an interest in discovery of the human condition. High school students interested in science and archaeology would be drawn to the firsthand accounts and photographs of the digs. It’s like CSI meets I [...]

    8. Rubalcaba, Jill, and Peter Robertshaw. Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2010. Print. 185 p. 9781580891646Every Bone Tells a Story is a collection of four important archaeological hominin discoveries. Rubalcaba and Robertshaw describe the hominin’s death, how the body was discovered, and the scientific deductions and debates surrounding each body. The bones tell us about the language, life, and rituals of it’s time.I’m not [...]

    9. Although I am a science nut and am comfortable with jargon, I was delighted to find this book light in that category. There are too many important facets of history and science that are often abandoned by the average reader/learner because the jargon and style of writing is boring or just plain hard to read.This book worked on conveying the history of each discovery in a short and gripping story format. This is a vital component when you're trying to capture the interest and imagination of middl [...]

    10. Fascinatingis book takes four archaeological finds, four hominins, and tells their stories. Constructing their last moments or their burial from the evidence, they draw the reader into caring about this 'person'. The the story of the recovery and the implications to the field, and then the controversy each find created. I liked the organization, and I'm assuming these four were chosen as much for the issues they inspire as for any other reason. Turkana Boy, the first hominin--did he possess lang [...]

    11. This book is listed on the summer reading list for my library's local high-school. This young adult non-fiction book discusses four hominin discoveries and what was learned and debated as a result. The discoveries include Turkana Boy from East Africa, Portugal's Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, discovered in the state of Washington and Iceman from a glacier in the Italian alps. Each chapter discusses the how the body was found and excavated then the information that was gained about the person and i [...]

    12. Every Bone Tells a Story is an archaeological true story about four hominin remains that have been found and what they have told us about the past. The four hominin skeletons are referred to as Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, and Iceman, they are the main topics of the book. The four sets of remains survived thousands of years and made it through time to be found, studied, and preserved for future discoveries. In Every Bone Tells a Story is in the first section about Turkana boy, when [...]

    13. When I first read the words "Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates", my first reaction was "Ooo Boy" this is going to be full of scientific mumbo jumbo that's hard to read as well.It's nice to say that - that assumption was completely wrong.Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates provides an in-depth look into the human family tree through the field finds, scientific study, and heated debate of the remains of four archeological finds: the bones of Turkana Bo [...]

    14. Genre: Mystery and HistoryTags: Mystery, 4 stories, History, research Lexile: 1010LBook Title: Every Bone Tells A StoryBook Review and Plot Summary: My book is Every Bone Tells A Story. I reread this book because I didn't get a clear understanding of the book the 1st time I read the book. This book have 4 stories about how some human's ancestors died. The four stories are Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, and Ice Man. These 4 stories all have a mystery and background. In each story, ther [...]

    15. Genre: Non-fiction Awards: YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults NomineeGrade Level: 5-6This book could be read during a science lesson on bones or a history lesson about hominin discoveries. The discoveries in the books took place at different times, in different locations, and each was significant or unique. The subject matter in the book is fascinating. The students will learn about the past, discovering what people ate, and burials practices all from bones. This book will [...]

    16. This won the honor award for YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults in 2011. It is excellent and well deserves the award. I haven't read the winner so cannot say whether this deserved to win.It tells about several famous discoveries but what was exciting, is that rather than listing the discoveries and what they told us, the authors focused on controversies raised by each discovery. That makes for a much more interesting book for teens! It ends by reminding teens that each dis [...]

    17. I thought the information was interesting, and the concept and structure were fabulous, but the style drove me batty – it seemed to me like the writing was geared toward a much younger audience than the content. The book also left me with the impression that most of the insight archeologists glean from their discoveries they derive from unsupported assumptions and lots of jumped-to conclusions. I think this was because the book dealt with SO much information that some oversimplification was ne [...]

    18. Genre: Non-fiction Awards: YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults NomineeGrade Level: 5-6Comments: I love how descriptive and interesting this book is. I would read this book to the students during a science unit on bones. I would have each chapter read to them relate to something that we are learning about the bones. This would promote the students to begin to discuss what they learned and what they already know. I would have them do an activity before I read the chapter and [...]

    19. I wasn't sure what I was going to be reading when I started this book for school. I am not a fan of non fiction books, so this took me some getting into. Although I found the pictures to be outright gross, the information was presented to readers in a way that made it interesting. Out of the Discovery, Deductions and Debates sections, I found myself enjoying the Discovery section the most throughout all four of the specimens found. I liked learning how they were discovered, and the persons backs [...]

    20. Ages 10+ (A higher reading level and an interest in archaeology) Man, does this book ever science it out when it comes to hominin bones. Kennewick Man, Iceman, Turkana Boy and Lapedo Child each get their own rundown, focusing on discovery of the specimen, recovery process, deductions that were made from the finds, and debate. Science teachers through high school could use a chapter or the whole book as curricular support, budding archaeologists and bone-finders will just be enthralled with learn [...]

    21. When I was a kid, I really wanted to be an archaeologist. I even took classes in college. Therefore, I try to seek out new archaeology books as they come out and this was a great one. It's written for super history geek middle schoolers and up, which is probably a narrow field, but oh, man, these finds are SO AWESOME. The things they learned from a section of intestine was astounding - his last meal, his normal eating habits, what fields he walked through, the time of year he died, where he trav [...]

    22. While written for the juvenile crowd this was fascinating reading for me, a reasonably well-educated person with deep interest in anthropology and archaeology.If you know of a young person who might be interested in the above fields and wants some real life action, this is the book to give. The authors recount the discovery of four hominims: Turkana boy, Lapedo child, Kennewick man, and the Iceman. Then they expand on the discovery by talking about the deductions and debates by scientists about [...]

    23. This reference book is definitely for children of higher reading levels. I would recomend it for students in the upper level reading classes in middle school and possibly even high school students. The language used is very easy to comprehend and the pictures help to understand what is being said. The index is also easy to use, allowing students to go to a specific page for what they want to look up rather than looking through the entire book. On a separate note, the book was fascinating and not [...]

    24. Honor book for the 2011 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults during a November 1 – October 31 publishing year.I was very impressed with this book and I think it provides a nice introduction to archaeology/paleontology. I appreciate that it took bodies from different parts of the world and explained how different scholars worked together to get different information out of the evidence. This book does a good job of [...]

    25. A very accessible look at how archaeologists do their work, including forensic anthropology, along with debate about the inferences we can make about bones -- and even more debate, such as the origins of language -- which is summarized beautifully for an advanced middle school audience. Additionally, the writing has an engaging style worthy of study. We need more writing like this concerning science. The vivid photos help too.

    26. Good references, extensive bibliography, and an understandable format make this a good nonfiction choice for your science buffs. Even some of the most complicated anthropoligical terms are explained clearly and concisely. The authors break down each case study into three parts: discovery, deduction, and discussion. These parts definitely reflect the process. As an anthropology undergrad, I would have loved it if all my text books had been this well done!

    27. Do you have a young person interested in archeology? Well, this book was great! It concisely summarizes the discussion highlights about four amazing skeletons which have altered our understanding of human evolution. In addition, it provides further reading and resource notes on each. So if you followed the discovery of Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man or Iceman, you’ll enjoy reading this book. It’s a short quick read of only 185 pages.

    28. I've rediscovered my interest in history, and decided to read some books that start at the beginning of man's life on Earth.This is a short look at some recent finds in the the ever challenging prehistory of man. The title tells you what the book is about. The book is aimed at younger readers, but I enjoyed the way that the story of each find was told, from how the find was made, to what questions and answers thet bring.

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