Elwyn Simons: A Search for Origins (Developments in by John G Fleagle, Christopher C. Gilbert

By John G Fleagle, Christopher C. Gilbert

For approximately a part century, Dr. Simons has ruled the learn of primate evolution. This quantity summarizes the present kingdom of data in lots of features of primate and human evolution which have been studied by way of Simons and his colleagues and position it in a broader paleontological and historic viewpoint. The e-book includes the result of new learn in addition to reports of a number of the severe concerns in primate and human evolution over the past half the 20th century.

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References Le Gros Clark, W. E. (1968). Chant of Pleasant Exploration. E. and S. Livingstone, Edinburgh. Zuckerman, S. (1973). Wilfrid Le Gros Clark. 1895–1971. Biographical memoirs of fellows of the royal society 19: 216–233. Washburn, S. L. (1962). Social Life of Early Man. Aldine, Chicago. Human Evolution and the Challenge of Creationism A speech given at Duke University, September 16, 2005 John B. Oakley Good morning. I’m delighted to be able to add to these proceedings greetings from the University of California, an institution that over the years has made more than a few contributions to the advancement of science, including the field of vertebrate paleontology and its sub-discipline, human evolution.

He also warned that the then published interpretations of the fossil evidence from South Africa may be based on ‘‘preliminary observations without an adequate comparative study’’ that takes ‘‘into account the variability shown in the teeth and skulls of modern anthropoid apes’’ (ibid, p. 210). Ten years later he repaired that deficiency by comparing the dentition of the australopiths from South Africa with a comparative sample of several hundred higher primate dentitions. In 1940 Le Gros also re-enters the debate about hominin taxonomy and unambiguously argues that Sinanthropus should be sunk into Pithecanthropus (Le Gros Clark, 1940b).

Indeed, I see many of my favorite fossils among the audience today. By and large, however, what I found throughout the Fayum and the Big Horn Basin was an immense personal collection of gribblies and grodes. My disciplines are law and philosophy, not vertebrate paleontology, so I have a hard time telling a scute from a vertebrae, let alone a dusty rock. So why am I, a mere lawyer and philosopher, here today? Why am I here today? That, of course, is the question I seek to address. One can hardly hold a conference these days on primate evolution without acknowledging that many people, some in very high places, question the intellectual integrity of the whole theory of evolution.

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