Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Smith, Grafton Elliot

Australian-born British comparative anatomist; Smith was a recognized authority on primate brain evolution; named the lunate sulcus. His preference for cranial pre-eminence led him to support the Piltdown hoax. Both Raymond Dart and Davidson Black were among his students. Smith also supported the arboreal theory of primate evolution as an explanation of primate origins. Author of Human Nature (1927) and a number of lesser books on diffusionism and embalming.

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