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    Naturevolume 120pages131132 (1927) | Download Citation



    MAN'S ORIGIN.—Still another view on the place and manner of the origin of man is put forward by Dr. E. A. Hootan in Antiquity for June. Like other recent writers on this subject, he reviews our present knowledge of the geological, palseontological, and archaeological evidence in each of the continents. In both Australia and America the probabilities are in favour of the late appearance of man, and the same is the case in South Africa, while the number of finds of the remains of early types of man in Europe lends great weight to the view that man may have originated on this continent. Dr. Hooton is not inclined to accept the view recently put forward in favour of Asia, that in that area the modification of environmental conditions was responsible for a progressive modification of the stock, each receding from a common centre with the conditions to which it was adapted. On his view, the variations in man and his immediate precursors originated from generalised forms living in the Lower and Middle Miocene, and were due to the relinquishing of the arboreal habit at various times and at various points in a forest area stretching from the oriental region along the Mediterranean zone to western Europe and in Africa south to the farthest forest zone.

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