Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Wyman, Jeffries

US physician in Boston; one of the first five American scientists to produce work that can be said to have had a lasting effect on physical anthropology. Wyman was made a corresponding member of the Anthropological Society of London in 1867; ‘... the leading anthropologist in America’; an early creationist who had accepted evolutionary theory by 1870. With T. Savage, published the first complete description of the gorilla (1847), to which Owen remarked he had ‘very little left to add, and nothing to correct’ (Packard).