Charles Lyell's Antiquity of Man and its critics

  title={Charles Lyell's Antiquity of Man and its critics},
  author={W. Bynum},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  • W. Bynum
  • Published 1984
  • Biology
  • Journal of the History of Biology
  • Conclusion: Toward a reassessmentIt should be clear that Lyell's scientific contemporaries would hardly have agreed with Robert Munro's remark that Antiquity of Man created a full-fledged discipline. Only later historians have judged the work a synthesis; those closer to the discoveries and events saw it as a compilation — perhaps a “capital compilation,”95 but a compilation none the less. Its heterogeneity made it difficult to judge as a unity, and most reviewers, like Forbes, concentrated on… CONTINUE READING
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