Australopithecus afarensis

Deep history and the robot future


I reviewed four new science books for The New York Times. They span millions of years, beginning with the birth of humanity and ending with a serious look at AI. 

Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes, and she's gone

"...[W]hat is the benefit of taking one of the most iconic examples of the human story from Africa to parade it around in second-level museums in the United States?" asked Richard Leakey in an Associated Press interview. Leakey is protesting the controversial decision to take the famous Lucy fossil and tour her in the United States for six years. Damage to the 3.5 million-year-old bones is, he says, inevitable. Washington Post, BBC, LiveScience.