Franz Weidenreich (1872 or 1873-1948)

"I believe that all primate forms recognized as hominids - no matter whetehr they lived in the past or live today - represent morphologically a unity when compared with other primate forms, and that they can be regarded as one species..." (1947)

German paleoanthropologist. A Jew, Weidenreich fled Nazi Germany to take up Davidson Black's former position in Beijing. He worked with Teilhard de Chardin on the Zhoukoudian fossils, fleeing the Japanese during World War II. His "multiregional" hypothesis of human origins (i.e., that human racial lineages date back to the early Pleistocene) became influential and is still widely debated, but at first it was misinterpreted as arguing that there was no genetic continuity between human races.


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