Academic journal article Mankind Quarterly

Race and Human Evolution

Academic journal article Mankind Quarterly

Race and Human Evolution

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Race and Human Evolution Milford Wolpoff and Rachel Caspari Simon and Schuster, New York, 1997

This book is largely concerned with the history of theories of the evolution of the human races. It recounts the debates on between single origin theorists who maintain that all living humans have evolved relatively recently from modern common ancestors, and multiregional theorists who maintain that pre-moderns migrated from Africa into Eurasia and subsequently evolved into the living races. The authors adhere to the second view, although they posit genetic interchange between the evolving races rather than parallel evolutions in isolation. Although they are now in a minority among anthropologists on this issue, they have a serious case which deserves respect.

The principal weakness of the book lies in the authors' treatment of the evolution of racial differences in brain size and inteLligence. They pour scorn on Samuel Morton's conclusion that Caucasians and Mongoloids have larger average brain size than Negroids. They uncritically accept S.J.Gould's argument that Morton "finagled" his results, but they fall to note that even after Gould had corrected Morton's data the races still came out in the same hierarchy. …

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