Re: Genus names

Faybienne Geenhuizen (
Tue, 21 Feb 1995 22:03:08 GMT

I have _The First Humans_ too. That was where I saw the names
_Australopithecus boisei/robustus_ and _Paranthropus boisei/
robustus_ on the same page (p. 50). I thought maybe it was
just another American vs. British thing.

In physical anthropology we learned to call all the hominids
Australopithecus up to _Homo habilis_, which was the maker
and user of the Oldowan tools. Now this semester our
cultural anthropology professor says the Oldowan tools
were made and used by Australopithecines. Ok. I guess
what they're teaching us is that there is diversity of
opinion about many things in anthropology. We don't
study and learn "facts" so much as "current opinions."
The contributors to _The First Humans_ are from Sweden,
Australia, France, Germany, Britain, and the USA, so you
get some different viewpoints.

This book is very visual, with lots of beautiful pictures.
If you want your bookstore to order it, the name of the
editor is G€ren Burenhult.

Faybienne Geenhuizen