Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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African Genesis

Book written by playwright turned popular science writer Robert Ardrey. Ardrey had visited Raymond Dart in the mid-1950s at a time when Africa was not accepted as a likely geographical area for human origins, Asia being preferred. African Genesis fired the popular imagination of the public and gave support to Dart’s and (later) Louis Leakey’s assertions that Africa was the birthplace of the human species. Ardrey also proposed that early hominids were killer apes, were territorial, and had a social stratification based on the male dominance hierarchy.

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