Classification and Human Evolution

Classification and Human Evolution

Classification and Human Evolution

Classification and Human Evolution

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Two years ago at a meeting of the American Institute for Human Paleontology there was a discussion of the classification of fossil men. Several of those present thought that there had been progress since the days when nearly every find was given a new generic name. It was also suggested that there were not as many kinds of australopithecoids as the abundance of names suggested. Dr. Fejos encouraged several of those present to continue the discussions and a meeting was held at the Wenner-Gren Foundation and a symposium at the American Anthropological Association meetings in Philadelphia in 1961. As a result of these preliminary meetings, an international symposium was planned for the summer of 1962. The eighteen participants met at Burg Wartenstein, the European conference center of the Wenner-Gren Foundation. The results of the conference are presented in this volume. No record of the discussions has been included, but the participants revised their papers in the light of the conference.

All of the participants urged me to thank Dr. Fejos and the staff of the Wenner- Gren Foundation for their helpful hospitality. We also wish to thank the National Science Foundation for paying the travel expenses of the American participants. I wish to thank all the participants for the time and effort devoted to this project and, particularly, Dr. G. G. Simpson for the addition of the notes on the conference and his latest ideas on the classification of apes and man.

S. L. Washburn Berkeley, California . . .

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