Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Brace, C. Loring, IV

US odontometrician and anatomist; since the 1950s, Brace has provided contrapuntal, and pithy publications that taught as well as entertained; also author of the probable mutation effect, an hypothesis concerning alleged PlioPleistocene hominid dental reduction, a form of relaxed selection. Although supportive of the Neandertal phase of man hypothesis, he also stressed the role of gene flow, and that race is an arbitrary taxonomic construct. Brace also argued, on odontometric grounds, that Homo habilis is an invalid taxon. Author of Refocusing on the Neanderthal Problem (1962).

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