Re: Savannah strawman

JShreeve (
2 Jul 1996 23:28:56 -0400

I don't know Tim White well enough to understand what motivates him, other
than the desire to do good research, but it is certainly not a lust for
funding or attention. He has made no attempt to capitalize on or
sensationalize a discovery which others have called "the missing link,"
and assiduously avoids discussing the fossil in the press. As for
changing the genus from Australopithecus to Ardipithecus, I believe this
was prompted by the discovery of new material which White and his
colleagues considered distinct enough from all known australopithecines to
warrant naming a new genus.

And if you actually read the article Discover was "conned" into running
about the end of the savannah hypothesis (I guess I'm the con man, since I
proposed it and wrote it), you might have noticed that one of the points
was that bipedalism may indeed have evolved more than once. So what is
your point?