Anatomists of Empire

Race, Evolution and the Discovery of Human Biology in the British World

Ross L Jones

With a new vision of bio-ecology that linked humans to their past and their evolutionary niche, the 20th-century anatomists Grafton Elliot Smith, Frederic Wood Jones and Arthur Keith travelled the globe constructing morphologies of the biological world. They moulded attitudes in a post-Darwinian world—thus providing a potent critique of racism.
Date Published :
November 2020
Publisher :
Arden
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Paperback
ISBN : 9781925984705
Pages : 320
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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The 20th-century anatomists Grafton Elliot Smith, Frederic Wood Jones and Arthur Keith traveled the globe collecting, cataloguing and constructing morphologies of the biological world with the aim of weaving these into a new vision of bio-ecology that links humans to their deep past as well as their evolutionary niche. They dissected human bodies and scrutinized the living, explaining for the first time the intricacies of human biology. They placed the body in its environment and gave it a history, thus creating an ecological synthesis in striking contrast to the model of humanity that they inherited as students. Their version of human development and history profoundly influenced public opinion as they wrote prolifically for the press; they published bestsellers on human origins and evolution; they spoke eloquently at public meetings and on the radio. They wanted their anatomical insight to shape public policy. And by changing popular views of race and environment, they molded attitudes as to what it meant to be human in a post-Darwinian world—thus providing a potent critique of racism.

About The Author
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Ross Jones taught in schools in Australia for over two decades before completing his PhD on the Australian eugenics’ movement. Since then he has variously taught the histories of medicine public health and biology at the University of Melbourne; has been an Australian Research Council Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Sydney as well as the Redmond Barry Fellow at the State Library of Victoria. He is an active contributor in newspapers radio TV and online and has published widely in the areas of the history of anatomy eugenics medical biography and education. He is currently an honorary Senior Fellow in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne.

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