Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Weiner, Joseph Sydney

South Africanborn British physical anthropologist at Oxford; remembered popularly for initiation of the fluorine test of the Piltdown hoax (1953, with Le Gros Clark and K. Oakley). Weiner was better known for his adaptation studies; see the spectrum hypothesis. Co-author of An Introduction to Human Evolution, Variation and Growth (1964) (with G. A. Harrison, J. M. Tanner, and N. A. Barnicot), and of an influential laboratory field manual, Practical Human Biology (1981).

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