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Ann Gibbons is the author of The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors. She is a correspondent for Science magazine, where she has covered human evolution for more than a decade. Her recent articles cover human sacrifice (2012), the Denisovans (2011), Ardipithecus (2009), and other subjects related to human origins and evolution. On this site you can find links to these and other articles, information about talks, a collection of photos, and excerpts and reviews of her book.



Ann Gibbons has won the 2012 Anthropology in Media Award from the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for a decade's worth of stories on human origins and evolution. She will receive the award at the AAA Annual Meeting in November. Past winners of the award include Stephen Jay Gould, Ursula Le Guin, Meredith F. Small, and John Noble Wilford.



Praise for The First Human: "The last decade has witnessed a rebirth in the way we understand our species' first steps toward becoming human. Perhaps more than anyone, Ann Gibbons has had her finger on the pulse of that revolution, and in The First Human she provides a startlingly vivid chronicle. Hominids four million years old come alive in its pages, overshadowed only by the ambition, bravery and occasionally astonishing viciousness of the men and women who risk their lives and reputations trying to uncover the secret of our earliest origins. A must-read for anyone interested in human evolution or human nature." James Shreeve, author of The Genome War and The Neandertal Enigma



A finalist for the 2006 L.A. Times Book Prize (Science and Technology)


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