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December 10, 1949

Up from the Ape

JAMA. 1949;141(15):1105. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02910150071027

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Abstract

The first edition of this book was published in 1931. In the eighteen years that have elapsed since that publication, far more has been learned about human evolution and the evolution of the apes than was known previously. The quality of Professor Hooton's writing has been widely recognized as adapted to interpretation by the average reader.

The author discusses the quality of brain that makes men of various types vary in their accomplishments. The book is full of interesting aphorisms and anecdotes. For instance, "No anthropologist or anatomist believes that there is any relationship between the form of individual features of the face and the character or abilities of the owner." "Man is perhaps the most promiscuous animal ever evolved in the matter of indiscriminate interbreeding between races, varieties and species (if there is more than one human species). This is why there is probably no such thing as a

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