Re: Savannah strawman

Ralph L Holloway (
Wed, 3 Jul 1996 23:25:05 -0400

On 2 Jul 1996, JShreeve wrote:

> 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, this was
> prompted by the discovery of new ramidus material which White and his
> colleagues considered distinct enough from all known australopithecines to
> warrant naming a new genus.

Well, I do know Tim White rather well, and find the suggestion that he
lusts for attention and/or funding to be a croc of horseshit. He "lusts"
for what we in palaeoanthropology all "lust" for, which is more and more
fossils that will lead us to better understand how humankind evolved.
Ralph Holloway