Christa Kuljian, Darwin’s Hunch: Science, Race and the Search for Human Origins (Auckland Park: Jacana Media, 2016), 1 + 352 pp., illus., $23.40 paperback, ISBN: 978-1431424252

  • Matthew R. GoodrumEmail author
Book Review

South Africa prominently figures in the history of paleoanthropology. Many scholars have written about two events: Raymond Dart and his work on the Taung skull, which led to his announcement of a new hominid species Australopithecus africanus and Robert Broom’s subsequent discovery of several new australopithecine fossils. In her book Darwin’s Hunch: Science, Race and the Search for Human Origins, Christa Kuljian goes well beyond these two well-known episodes to provide a detailed and original account of South African physical anthropology and paleoanthropology over the last century. Kuljian’s book pursues several themes and has multiple objectives. While she begins with Dart and Broom’s major developments, she moves to examine Phillip Tobias’s career, including collaboration with Kenyan paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey on the analysis of the famous Zinjanthropus fossil and the original Homo habilisfossils, as well as Tobias’ own excavations at Sterkfontein. Kuljian also discusses...


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