Re: Where are the zoologists?

Phil Nicholls (
8 Dec 1994 03:18:00 GMT

In article <3c13kf$>,
Pat Dooley <> wrote:
>The AAH proponents have come from a wide variety of disciplines, but not
>The opponents have been almost exclusively Anthropologists.
>Most of the AAH is based on mammalian physiology and evolution, fields in
>Anthropologists seem to be ill prepared.

It depends on the anthropologist. I am well versed in comparative primate
anatomy and paleontology. I have taken classes in mammalogy and
comparative vertebrate anatomy.

> Perhaps the debate could be put
>on a more scientific basis if zoologists had a look at the arguments based
>on comparative physiology and evolutionary biologists exposed some of the
>errors that have made by both sides in describing evolutionary scenarios.

If you want to place this debate on a more scientific footing then I
suggest you examine all of the clues comparative anatomy can provide and
not just the selective reading Ms Morgan provides for you. By the way,
Pete Wheeler is a zoologist.

>Personally, I don't think the subject of human evolution pre tool-making
>in Anthropology - it should be in Zoology's Ape department!
>Pat D risking a severe flaming

I think you will find that the subject of primatology crosses many
disciplines and that those who approach primatology from an evolutionary
perspective seem to be anthropologists, physical anthropologists like

Philip "Chris" Nicholls Department of Anthropology
Institute for Hydrohominoid Studies SUNY Albany
University of Ediacara
"Semper Alouatta"