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Almost Human - The Astonishing Tale Of Homo Naledi (Paperback): Lee Berger, John Hawks Almost Human - The Astonishing Tale Of Homo Naledi (Paperback)
Lee Berger, John Hawks 5
R295 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R41 (14%) In stock

Almost Human is the personal story of a charismatic and visionary palaeontologist, a rich and readable narrative about science, exploration, and what it means to be human.

In 2013, Wits University reasearch professor Lee Berger caught wind of a cache of bones in a hard-to-reach underground cave near Johannesburg. He put out a call around the world for collaborators – men and women small and adventurous enough to be able to squeeze through 8-inch tunnels to reach a sunless cave 40 feet underground. With this team of ‘underground astronauts’, Berger made the discovery of a lifetime: hundreds of prehistoric bones, including entire skeletons of at least 15 individuals, all perhaps two million years old. Their features combined those of known pre-hominids with those more human than anything ever before seen in prehistoric remains. Berger's team had discovered an all new species: Homo naledi.

The cave proved to be the richest pre-hominid site ever discovered, full of implications that challenge how we define ourselves as human. Did these ancestors of ours bury their dead? If so, they must have had an awareness of death, a level of self-knowledge: the very characteristic we used to define ourselves as human. Did an equally advanced species inhabit Earth with us, or before us?

Addressing these questions, Berger counters the arguments of those colleagues who have questioned his controversial interpretations and astounding finds.

Natural Disaster - I Cover Them. I Am One. (Hardcover): Ginger Zee Natural Disaster - I Cover Them. I Am One. (Hardcover)
Ginger Zee
R439 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R108 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
RGS The Great Explorers (Hardcover): Beau Riffenburgh RGS The Great Explorers (Hardcover)
Beau Riffenburgh 1
R563 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R132 (23%) Within 15 - 20 working days

The Royal Geographical Society's The Great Explorers charts the Golden Age of exploration with some of the earliest explorers from the Vikings, to the early Chinese travellers, the discovery of the Americas by French and Spanish explorers, and the eventual circumnavigation of the globe. Familiar explorers' travels, and those less familiar too, are all fascinatingly recounted by Riffenburgh through a series of beautiful maps and plans in the explorers' own hand. Covering professional explorers, botanists hunting for undiscovered plants, missionaries spreading Christianity into unexplored regions, female explorers, and the aristocratic and down-right eccentric, the RGS The Great Explorers takes you to a world still waiting to be discovered.

Voyages of Discovery - A visual celebration of ten of the greatest natural history expeditions (Hardcover, 3rd Revised... Voyages of Discovery - A visual celebration of ten of the greatest natural history expeditions (Hardcover, 3rd Revised edition)
Tony Rice
R369 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R81 (22%) Within 15 - 20 working days

Voyages of Discovery is a mesmerising visual record of ten of the world's most significant natural history expeditions. Among the many stories of adventure and great scientific endeavour are: Sir Hans Sloane's journey to Jamaica; Maria Sibylla Merian's personal sojourn in Surinam; James Cook's perilous Pacific crossings; William Bartram's fanciful yet detailed documentation of North American wildlife; Matthew Flinders' mapping of Australia accompanied by perhaps the greatest of all the natural history artists Ferdinand Bauer, and Charles Darwin's fateful Beagle voyage.Hand-picked from the vast Library of the Natural History Museum, London, the illustrations and artworks contained here form a rare collection, many of which have only been published in this stunning book.

Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters (Paperback): Patrick Leigh Fermor Patrick Leigh Fermor: A Life in Letters (Paperback)
Patrick Leigh Fermor
R325 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R75 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days
In Patagonia - 40th Anniversary Edition (Paperback, Anniversary Edition): Bruce Chatwin In Patagonia - 40th Anniversary Edition (Paperback, Anniversary Edition)
Bruce Chatwin 1
R242 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R52 (21%) Within 15 - 20 working days

When Bruce Chatwin's In Patagonia was published in 1977 it heralded the arrival of a startling new talent in British literature. Critics were surprised and spellbound by a story of an adventure which blurred the boundaries between travel writing, biography, history and memoir. All readers recognised its timeless quality - Auberon Waugh went as far as to call it `a classic'. Forty years later, Chatwin's first book continues to inspire generations of travellers and writers. In 2017 we will celebrate the enduring status of In Patagonia with a new 40th anniversary edition, to include a host of material from the archive which will recreate the book's genesis and first publication.

Iced in - Ten Days Trapped on the Edge of Antarctica (Hardcover): Chris Turney Iced in - Ten Days Trapped on the Edge of Antarctica (Hardcover)
Chris Turney
R459 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R113 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Kingdom of Speech (Paperback): Tom Wolfe The Kingdom of Speech (Paperback)
Tom Wolfe
R272 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R59 (22%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Undaunted Courage - The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier (Paperback, UK ed.): Ambrose Undaunted Courage - The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier (Paperback, UK ed.)
Ambrose 1
R202 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R42 (21%) Within 15 - 20 working days

'This was much more than a bunch of guys out on an exploring and collecting expedition. This was a military expedition into hostile territory'. In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a pioneering voyage across the Great Plains and into the Rockies. It was completely uncharted territory; a wild, vast land ruled by the Indians. Charismatic and brave, Lewis was the perfect choice and he experienced the savage North American continent before any other white man. UNDAUNTED COURAGE is the tale of a hero, but it is also a tragedy. Lewis may have received a hero's welcome on his return to Washington in 1806, but his discoveries did not match the president's fantasies of sweeping, fertile plains ripe for the taking. Feeling the expedition had been a failure, Lewis took to drink and piled up debts. Full of colourful characters - Jefferson, the president obsessed with conquering the west; William Clark, the rugged frontiersman; Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition; Drouillard, the French-Indian hunter - this is one of the great adventure stories of all time and it shot to the top of the US bestseller charts. Drama, suspense, danger and diplomacy combine with romance and personal tragedy making UNDAUNTED COURAGE an outstanding work of scholarship and a thrilling adventure.

Shackleton (A Ladybird Expert Book) (Hardcover): Ben Saunders Shackleton (A Ladybird Expert Book) (Hardcover)
Ben Saunders 1
R167 R135 Discovery Miles 1 350 Save R32 (19%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, Shackleton is a clear, simple and enlightening introduction to perhaps the most extraordinary survival stories of all time.Polar explorer Ben Saunders draws on his own experience of the Antarctic to bring to life the history, dangers and challenges of Shackleton's Endurance expedition. Inside, you'll discover how Shackleton, by successfully bringing all his men home in the face of near insurmountable odds, earned his reputation as one of the greatest leaders in history.Written by the leading lights and most outstanding communicators in their fields, the Ladybird Expert books provide clear, accessible and authoritative introductions to subjects drawn from science, history and culture.Other books currently available in the Ladybird Expert series include:* Climate Change* Quantum Mechanics* Evolution* Battle of BritainFor an adult readership, the Ladybird Expert series is produced in the same iconic small hardback format pioneered by the original Ladybirds. Each beautifully illustrated book features the first new illustrations produced in the original Ladybird style for nearly forty years.

Sikunder Burnes - Master of the Great Game (Paperback): Craig Murray Sikunder Burnes - Master of the Great Game (Paperback)
Craig Murray 1
R400 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R54 (14%) Within 7 - 11 working days

This is the first full biography of Alexander Burnes (1805-1841), from his humble origins in Montrose (the great nephew of Robert Burns), to his entry to the East India Company and his work as a political agent in India and Afghanistan.This is an astonishing true tale of espionage, journeys in disguise, secret messages, double agents, assassinations and sexual intrigue. as Britain strove with Russia for control of Central Asia and the routes to the Raj. There are many lessons for the present day in this tale of the folly of invading Afghanistan and Anglo-Russian tensions in the Caucasus. Murray's meticulous study has unearthed original manuscripts from Montrose to Mumbai to put together a detailed study of how British secret agents operated in India, revealing Burnes as a figure of broad intellectual range, with a respect for local culture and a lack of racism out of tune with the mood of the day.

Maps of Medieval Thought - The Hereford Paradigm (Paperback, New edition): Naomi Reed Kline Maps of Medieval Thought - The Hereford Paradigm (Paperback, New edition)
Naomi Reed Kline
R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Within 15 - 20 working days

Filled with information and lore, mappae mundi present an encyclopaedic panorama of the conceptual "landscape" of the middle ages. Previously objects of study for cartographers and geographers, the value of medieval maps to scholars in other fields is now recognised and this book, written from an art historical perspective, illuminates the medieval view of the world represented in a group of maps of c.1300. Naomi Kline's detailed examination of the literary, visual, oral and textual evidence of the Hereford mappa mundi and others like it, such as the Psalter Maps, the '"Sawley Map," and the Ebstorf Map, places them within the larger context of medieval art and intellectual history. The mappa mundi in Hereford cathedral is at the heart of this study: it has more than one thousand texts and images of geographical subjects, monuments, animals, plants, peoples, biblical sites and incidents, legendary material, historical information and much more; distinctions between "real" and "fantastic" are fluid; time and space are telescoped, presenting past, present, and future. Naomi Kline provides, for the first time, a full and detailed analysis of the images and texts of the Hereford map which, thus deciphered, allow comparison with related mappae mundi as well as with other texts and images. NAOMI REED KLINE is Professor of Art History at Plymouth State College.

Captain Cook and the Pacific - Art, Exploration and Empire (Hardcover): John McAleer, Nigel Rigby Captain Cook and the Pacific - Art, Exploration and Empire (Hardcover)
John McAleer, Nigel Rigby
R724 R577 Discovery Miles 5 770 Save R147 (20%) Within 7 - 13 working days

British Royal Navy Captain James Cook's voyages of exploration across and around the Pacific Ocean were a marvel of maritime achievement, and provided the first accurate map of the Pacific. The expeditions answered key scientific, economic, and geographic questions, and inspired some of the most influential images of the Pacific made by Europeans. Now readers can immerse themselves in the adventure through the collections of London's National Maritime Museum, which illuminate every aspect of the voyages: oil paintings of lush landscapes, scientific and navigational instruments, ship plans, globes, charts and maps, rare books and manuscripts, coins and medals, ethnographic material, and personal effects. Each artifact holds a story that sheds light on Captain Cook, the crews he commanded, and the effort's impact on world history. Showcasing one of the richest resources of Cook-related material in the world, this publication invites readers to engage with the extraordinary voyages-manifested in material culture-and their continuing significance today.

Voyages in World History, Volume II, Brief (Paperback, Brief ed): Kenneth R. Curtis, Valerie Hansen Voyages in World History, Volume II, Brief (Paperback, Brief ed)
Kenneth R. Curtis, Valerie Hansen
R486 R425 Discovery Miles 4 250 Save R61 (13%) Within 8 - 13 working days

VOYAGES IN WORLD HISTORY, BRIEF EDITION, is a mainstream world history text that masterfully uses the theme of movement--the journeys of peoples, ideas, and goods--to help the reader make sense of the overwhelming range of people, places, and events throughout history. Each chapter begins with, and is framed around, the story of a person who traveled within the time period and region of the chapter. Readers will enjoy the stories and will also learn to critically evaluate the traveler's observations and attitudes. VOYAGES IN WORLD HISTORY includes a primary source feature called "Movement of Ideas," which helps the reader to analyze original sources by providing multiple explanations of significant ideas throughout history.

Voyages in World History, Complete, Brief International Edition (Paperback, Brief International ed): Kenneth R. Curtis, Valerie... Voyages in World History, Complete, Brief International Edition (Paperback, Brief International ed)
Kenneth R. Curtis, Valerie Hansen
R754 R647 Discovery Miles 6 470 Save R107 (14%) Within 8 - 13 working days

Voyages in World History, Complete, Brief, International Edition is a mainstream world history text that masterfully uses the theme of movement - the journeys of people, ideas, and goods - to help the reader make sense of the overwhelming range of people, places, and events throughout history. Each chapter begins with, and is framed around, the story of a person who traveled within the time period and region of the chapter. Readers will enjoy the stories and will also learn to critically evaluate the traveler's observations and attitudes. Voyages in World History, Complete, Brief, International Edition includes a primary source feature called Movement of Ideas, which helps the reader to analyze original sources by providing multiple explanations of significant ideas throughout history.

The Stranger in the Woods - The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit (Hardcover): Michael Finkel The Stranger in the Woods - The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit (Hardcover)
Michael Finkel
R418 R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Save R102 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Mercy - The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst (Paperback): Nicholas Tomalin, Ron Hall The Mercy - The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst (Paperback)
Nicholas Tomalin, Ron Hall
R302 R234 Discovery Miles 2 340 Save R68 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Way of a Ship: A Square-Rigger Voyage in the Last Days of Sail (Paperback): Derek Lundy The Way of a Ship: A Square-Rigger Voyage in the Last Days of Sail (Paperback)
Derek Lundy
R231 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R35 (15%) Within 7 - 15 working days

When, as a young man in the 1880s, Benjamin Lundy signed up for duty aboard a square-rigged commercial sailing vessel, he began a journey more exciting, and more terrifying, than he could have ever imagined: a treacherous, white-knuckle passage around that notorious "graveyard of ships," Cape Horn.

A century later, Derek Lundy, author of the bestselling "Godforsaken Sea" and an accomplished amateur seaman himself, set out to recount his forebear's journey. "The Way of a Ship" is a mesmerizing account of life on board a square-rigger, a remarkable reconstruction of a harrowing voyage through the most dangerous waters. Derek Lundy's masterful account evokes the excitement, romance, and brutality of a bygone era -- "a fantastic ride through one of the greatest moments in the history of adventure" ("Seattle Times").

Ask an Astronaut - My Guide to Life in Space (Hardcover): Tim Peake Ask an Astronaut - My Guide to Life in Space (Hardcover)
Tim Peake
R424 R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Save R103 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Journey - An Illustrated History of Travel (Hardcover): Dk Journey - An Illustrated History of Travel (Hardcover)
Dk
R792 R571 Discovery Miles 5 710 Save R221 (28%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Voyages in World History, Volume I, Brief (Paperback, Breif ed): Kenneth R. Curtis, Valerie Hansen Voyages in World History, Volume I, Brief (Paperback, Breif ed)
Kenneth R. Curtis, Valerie Hansen
R700 R596 Discovery Miles 5 960 Save R104 (15%) Within 8 - 13 working days

VOYAGES IN WORLD HISTORY, BRIEF EDITION, is a mainstream world history text that masterfully uses the theme of movement--the journeys of peoples, ideas, and goods--to help the reader make sense of the overwhelming range of people, places, and events throughout history. Each chapter begins with, and is framed around, the story of a person who traveled within the time period and region of the chapter. Readers will enjoy the stories and will also learn to critically evaluate the traveler's observations and attitudes. VOYAGES IN WORLD HISTORY includes a primary source feature called "Movement of Ideas," which helps the reader to analyze original sources by providing multiple explanations of significant ideas throughout history.

Way Out There - Adventures of a Wilderness Trekker (Paperback): J.R. Harris Way Out There - Adventures of a Wilderness Trekker (Paperback)
J.R. Harris
R317 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R70 (22%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Spice Route (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed): Harry Holcroft The Spice Route (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed)
Harry Holcroft
R333 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R48 (14%) Within 15 - 20 working days
Captain Cook - Master of the Seas (Paperback): Frank McLynn Captain Cook - Master of the Seas (Paperback)
Frank McLynn
R406 R336 Discovery Miles 3 360 Save R70 (17%) Within 7 - 13 working days

The age of discovery was at its peak in the eighteenth century, with heroic adventurers charting the furthest reaches of the globe. Foremost among these explorers was navigator and cartographer Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy. Recent writers have viewed Cook largely through the lens of colonial exploitation, regarding him as a villain and overlooking an important aspect of his identity: his nautical skills. In this authentic, engrossing biography, Frank McLynn reveals Cook's place in history as a brave and brilliant seaman. He shows how the Captain's life was one of struggle--with himself, with institutions, with the environment, with the desire to be remembered--and also one of great success. In Captain Cook, McLynn re-creates the voyages that took the famous navigator from his native England to the outer reaches of the Pacific Ocean. Ultimately, Cook, who began his career as a deckhand, transcended his humble beginnings and triumphed through good fortune, courage, and talent. Although Cook died in a senseless, avoidable conflict with the people of Hawaii, McLynn illustrates that to the men with whom he served, Cook was master of the seas and nothing less than a titan.

Pacific - The Ocean of the Future (Paperback): Simon Winchester Pacific - The Ocean of the Future (Paperback)
Simon Winchester 1
R225 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R46 (20%) Within 15 - 20 working days

Travelling the circumference of the truly gigantic Pacific, Simon Winchester tells the story of the world's largest body of water, and - in matters economic, political and military - the ocean of the future.The Pacific is a world of tsunamis and Magellan, of the Bounty mutiny and the Boeing Company. It is the stuff of the towering Captain Cook and his wide-ranging network of exploring voyages, Robert Louis Stevenson and Admiral Halsey. It is the place of Paul Gauguin and the explosion of the largest-ever American atomic bomb, on Bikini atoll, in 1951. It has an astonishing recent past, an uncertain present and a hugely important future.The ocean and its peoples are the new lifeblood, fizz and thrill of America - which draws so many of its minds and so much of its manners from the sea - while the inexorable rise of the ancient center of the world, China, is a fixating fascination. The presence of rogue states - North Korea most notoriously today - suggest that the focus of the responsible world is shifting away from the conventional post-war obsessions with Europe and the Middle East, and towards a new set of urgencies. Navigating the newly evolving patterns of commerce and trade, the world's most violent weather and the fascinating histories, problems and potentials of the many Pacific states, Simon Winchester's thrilling journey is a grand depiction of the future ocean.

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