Re: Question on Human Origins

Ralph L Holloway (rlh2@COLUMBIA.EDU)
Thu, 20 Apr 1995 15:37:16 -0400

There won't be found any closure on this problem as long as it is phrased
as a strict dichotomy. A recent book well worth reading is Pat Shipman's
1994 "Evolution of Racism" book, which puts Coon's writings and ideas in
a somewhat kinder light. Agree or not, the discussion and bibliographic
resources will be useful to you. R. Holloway.
On Thu, 20 Apr 1995, Maia Lynch

> My question concerns the debate that was brought up during the
> 3rd International Congress on Human Paleontology, during the summer of
> '92, discussing Coon's theory of Regional Continuity explained in his
> "Origin of the Races." Apparently the discussion led to the demise of
> the major opposing "Eve Hypothesis."
> I understand that Coon had less fossil evidence to work with, and with
> that a few theories were proven wrong with recent fossil findings (ie:
> his theory that the Mongoloid race was the first to reach sapiency.)
> Nevertheless, I know little about these two theories, the debate that
> existed over the two, and the outcome, if there ever was one. I would
> appreciate it very much if someone could enlighten me on this issue.
> Thanks.
> Maia.