Re: Re Descent from H. erectus

Ralph L Holloway (rlh2@COLUMBIA.EDU)
Fri, 7 Apr 1995 10:31:18 -0400

I'mj not sure, but I sort of remember Weidenrich writing on thois matter
of dogs and domestication when talking about the transformation of the
skull. As for Washburn, I am reasonably certain the idea was not original
with him, although he may well have accepted such ideas. I would look to
Ashley Montagu first, or perhaps Kropotkin, or earlier English
naturalists... R. Holloway
On Fri, 7 Apr 1995, JEROME H. BARKOW wrote:

> Robert S. Wrathall appears to be suggesting an expanded version
> of a theory I associate with S.L. Washburn. Somewhere around
> 1960, Washburn pointed out the general effects of domestication
> on animals (smaller adrenals, infantilization in appearance, etc.)
> and suggested that human beings may in effect have self-domesticated
> themselves. Perhaps someone can find the original Washburn
> reference.
> J. Barkow