Mankind in the Making: The Story of Human Evolution

Mankind in the Making: The Story of Human Evolution

Mankind in the Making: The Story of Human Evolution

Mankind in the Making: The Story of Human Evolution

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In the complicated story of man one has to be precise about the animals and the ideas being talked about, and so it is absolutely necessary to use their right names and terms. I have tried to explain each one as I came to it. Unfortunately these names are seldom one syllable. In the hope of easing the reader's way I have put a glossary at the end, in which he may look for the meaning of terms that might have escaped him since their first introduction.

I have referred liberally to the writings and opinions of others, without immediately directing the reader to a footnote giving the actual source. This is unorthodox, and I apologize to those cited for the slight. I have done it simply to avoid distraction; and the anthropologists will know the sources, anyhow. I have also sometimes mentioned scientists only by name when they first appear, introducing them properly in connection with a more important matter later on. Once again, this is to avoid breaking the story's gait at that point, and I have not meant to be offhanded.

All the drawings of human skulls are, unless otherwise noted, exactly one quarter natural size. The skulls are poised in the "Frankfort Horizontal"; that is, by a horizontal passing through the lower edge of the eye socket and the upper edge of the ear opening. This has been accepted by anthropologists (first at an international convention at Frankfort) as a standard way of best showing the head in its natural position. It is important here, in comparing the features of different fossil skulls. A special effort has also been made to avoid foreshortening, or the distortion resulting when a face is viewed or photographed from a point too close.

Finally, I have added a formal classification of those main groups of vertebrates and primates which are important to man and his ancestry, simply for reference, and to show the arrangement made of these groups by zoologists.

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