The Expulsion of the Neanderthals from Human Ancestry: Marcellin Boule and the Social Context of Scientific Research

  title={The Expulsion of the Neanderthals from Human Ancestry: Marcellin Boule and the Social Context of Scientific Research},
  author={M Hammond},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  pages={036 - 1}
  • M. Hammond
  • Published 1 February 1982
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Social Studies of Science
Marcellin Boule's Neanderthal research, and his conclusion that the slouching cave brute could not be ancestral to modern man, were pillars of human paleontological theory for the first half of this century. Moving from the initial selection of the Neanderthal problem to the international acceptance of his ideas, Boule's research is analyzed in terms of various social and theoretical commitments linked to his position in the French and international paleontological communities. In particular… 
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