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By Jon Kalb

As co-founder of the excursion that came upon Lucy, and chief of lots of the first site-surveys within the Afar melancholy in Ethiopia, Jon Kalb has years of expertise with the zone, its politics, and the scientists thinking about the excavations. A player himself within the "bone wars" that followed those discoveries, Kalb recounts the cutthroat pageant and again stabbing that have been frequently 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 keep an eye on of the fossil reveals.

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4 The next lecture was by a member of Tazieff’s team, Enrico Bonatti of the University of Miami. He offered convincing evidence that (1) the northern Afar was indeed a tectonic depression associated with Red Sea rifting and (2) the East African Rift came to a halt at the triple junction well short of the Danakil Alps. He described the Alps as part of an elongate splinter of ancient crustal rock that had been ripped off the African mainland with drifting and was left straddling the southern end of the Red Sea.

As I sat in the hospital anxiously awaiting Justine’s imminent appearance in the world, it occurred to me that I was missing another lecture on crystallography. Damn! Although I was to receive no advanced degrees from Johns Hopkins, I remained in Baltimore throughout the summer, giving desultory attention to a research project in petrology while continuing my readings on the Afar and contacting geologists with knowledge of Ethiopia. From Paul Mohr I learned about a graduate student at the University of Paris named Maurice Taieb, who was studying the sedimentary history of the Awash River Valley, which was depicted on the map that accompanied Tazieff’s article in Scientific American.

He shouted, wheeling the vehicle around to look at his handiwork. “We tell Ali’s people and they will like us. They will have lots of meat. ” The ostrich was twitching around in its final throes. ” Maurice had been in Ethiopia for a week and I had come to expect such things from him. He was impetuous, excitable, often impatient, chain-smoking, and just slightly crazy. Yet Judy later found him charming, as well as handsome and studiouslooking with his heavy-framed glasses. His olive complexion, brown eyes, and long21 22 CHAPTER 3 ish dark brown hair reflected what I guessed to be his mixed Arab and French background, Taieb being an Arab name.

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