Re: New Topic of Discussion

Skiman (
Sun, 29 Jan 1995 07:36:29 GMT

In article <>,
Phil Nicholls <> wrote:
>Ok, someone wanted a new topic. Let's try this one.
>Is there anyone out there besides be who really loaths
>Donald Johanson? I mean he is such a shameless selp-promoter.
>That NOVA series, for example, wasn't about the science of
>paleoanthropology as much as it was about Donald Johanson-fossil

I agree about this. He actually called himself a fossil hunter and not
an anthropologist. What drives me nuts are his re-anactments of when he found

I do not know the man. I met him once, about a year ago very very
briefly. It was about that time that the series appeared. I lost all respect
for him after that. Self-promoter is right.

>There was no mention of Richard Leakey in the entire presentation.
>There was no mention of OH-62 OR the Hadar first family fossils.
>There was no indication that anyone disagreed with his interpretations.

Of course not! It seems like once any of these guys disagree, all
mention of the other is stopped. What about agreeing to disagree and
at least giving some people credit where credit is due. I am glad Johanson
found Lucy and all of that. I just get sick of all of the egos and ass
kissibg that goes on in physical anthro and, in particular, paleo-anthro.
Not to mention the sexism!