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Anatomists of Empire: Race, Evolution and the Discovery of Human Biology in the British World

Ross L Jones

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19 March 2020
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; Mathematics & Sciences
Of skulls, an astonishing hoax, the beginnings of the study of humankind, scientistic racism - and the Australian scientists in the thick of it... The 20th-century anatomists Grafton Elliot Smith, Frederic Wood Jones and Arthur Keith travelled the globe collecting and constructing morphologies of the biological world with the aim of linking humans to their deep past as well as their evolutionary niche. They dissected human bodies and scrutinised the living, explaining for the first time the intricacies of human biology. They placed the body in its environment and gave it a history, thus creating an ecological synthesis in striking contrast to the model of humanity that they inherited as students. Their version of human development and history profoundly influenced public opinion as they wrote prolifically for the press, published bestsellers on human origins and evolution, and spoke eloquently at public meetings and on the radio. By changing popular views of race and environment they moulded attitudes as to what it meant to be human in a post-Darwinian world - thus providing a potent critique of racism.
By:   Ross L Jones
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9781925984705
ISBN 10:   1925984702
Publication Date:   19 March 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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