Hominid brain evolution: two conceptions of science.

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This paper re-examines the repeatedly-offered hypothesis (Fialkowski 1978, 1986, 1987, 1988) that hominid brain expansion was largely a side effect of evolutionary response to increased heat stress under conditions of primitive hunting, and resulted in a preadaptation to enhanced cognitive abilities. Fialkowski's hypothesis, previously shown to be based on data that are seriously inaccurate, continues to be presented in a manner that precludes testing. Consequently, however interesting these ideas may be, they are beyond the conventional domain of anthropology as a legitimate subdiscipline of modern science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-302
Number of pages14
JournalAnthropologischer Anzeiger; Bericht über die biologisch-anthropologische Literatur
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Anthropology
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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