A new book out this week, and related content you won’t find anywhere else.
Historian and anthropologist Lydia Pyne’s new book, Seven Skeletons: The Evolution of the World’s Most Famous Fossils, traces the cultural history of some of our most well-known specimen/ancestors, from Lucy to Peking Man. Pyne describes each fossil, and analyzes how each was put on display and shared with the public.
Of course, we already knew Pyne was great at making history come alive; her JSTOR Daily series The Toolbox took a closer look humankind’s use of tools throughout the millennia. A few of our favorites elucidated how Neanderthals used fire; the serious science behind Medieval Europe’s alchemy trend; and the sticky history of adhesives. You can also rummage through the entire Toolbox here.