Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Coon, Carlton Stevens

Anthropologist, teacher, Professor at Harvard University (1928-48); with Hooton, Coon educated the second and third generations of physical anthropologists in America. President, AAPA (1961-3); Viking Fund medallist (1951). Coon supported Weidenreich on the Neandertal question, advocating the trellis model of hominid evolution, and viewed humanity as composed of deeply rooted, regionally homogenous races, i.e. as a polytypic species. Author of The Races of Europe (1939) and The Origin of Races (1962).

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