Race and Human Evolution

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Westview Press, 1998 - Science - 462 pages
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Race and Human Evolution is a far-ranging account by leading researchers in the field that describes the latest scientific evidence and the conflicting theories about human evolution. Milford Wolpoff and Rachel Caspari describe the “Eve” or “Out-of-Africa” theory, which holds that all living people are the descendants of a single common ancestor (“Eve”) who began a new species of humanity in Africa some 200,000 years ago and whose progeny spread throughout the world, giving rise to the different human races.The authors argue that the debate over the “Eve” theory reflects a long history of theories about human origins and race that has been fraught with social and political implications. The authors show that the evidence of the fossil record and genetic data support “Multiregionalism,” which posits that for some two million years human populations have been entwined in a network of widespread peoples who evolved together because they met and interbred, giving the races today many ancestors, not a single common one.
  

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Wolpoff and Caspari (both anthropology, Univ. of Michigan) have written an instructive volume on the history and diversity of our species that critically examines major interpretations of race in ... Read full review

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I really got a lot out of this book. The cases laid out within are compelling and well supported. Anyone interested in early human history will find this fascinating. I have met dr Wolpoff a number of ... Read full review

Contents

Multiregional Evolution and Eve Science and Politics
15
A First Lesson in the Politics of Paleoanthology
48
Polygenism Racism and the Rise of Anthropology
57
Slavery and Its Reverberations
77
Polygenism After Darwin
98
The Last Stand
137
The Straw Man
173
Functional Morphology Orthogenesis and the Dubois Syndrome
213
Multiregional Evolution
270
Modern Human Modern Races?
314
After Eve
361
Notes
367
Glossary
397
References and Further Reading
411
Acknowledgements
439
Index
441

Center and Edge
241

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Milford Wolpoff and Rachel Caspari are paleoanthropologists who traveled to London, Zagreb, Capetown, Canberra, and Beijing studying human fossil remains, developing the Multiregional framework to explain human evolution. Wolpoff received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and is professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is the recipient of major grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences exchange program, and the University of Michigan. Caspari received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where she now teaches and is a research scientist. She is also a consultant for the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and her researcgh hase been supported by the University of Michigan and the Care Foundation. Wolpoff and Caspari are married and live with their children in Chelsea, Michigan. Milford Wolpoff and Rachel Caspari are paleoanthropologists who traveled to London, Zagreb, Capetown, Canberra, and Beijing studying human fossil remains, developing the Multiregional framework to explain human evolution. Wolpoff received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and is professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is the recipient of major grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences exchange program, and the University of Michigan. Caspari received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where she now teaches and is a research scientist. She is also a consultant for the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and her researcgh hase been supported by the University of Michigan and the Care Foundation. Wolpoff and Caspari are married and live with their children in Chelsea, Michigan.

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