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Darwin-L Message Log 7:32 (March 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<7:32>From LANGDON@GANDLF.UINDY.EDU  Sat Mar 12 13:57:34 1994

Date: Sat, 12 Mar 1994 13:57:34 -0600
From: "JOHN LANGDON"  <LANGDON@GANDLF.UINDY.EDU>
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: Humanoid fossils in Time.

I found the Time story surprisingly good as general background and I agree with
its assessment of both the Java date (demanding some serious rethinking) and
the China date (skepticism is appropriate for now).

One might add that Java had produced old dates (> 1.0 Myr) in the past which
were viewed skeptically. This latest study was the evidence that pushed the
argument into the limelight where it could not be ignored. The China dates have
not reached that stage.

I recommend the excellent discussion of the Java data in the Feb 25 issue of
Science, pp. 1087-1088.

JOHN H. LANGDON                email   LANGDON@GANDLF.UINDY.EDU
DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY          FAX  (317) 788-3569
UNIVERSITY OF INDIANAPOLIS     PHONE (317) 788-3447
INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46227

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