Darwin sought to not only produce a new scientific truth, but also to put an end to polygenism, the current scientific discourse on human origins that gave tacit and at times explicit support for slavery: ‘... when the principle of evolution is generally accepted, as it surely will be before long, the dispute between the monogenists and polygenists will die a silent and unobserved death.’ (Charles Darwin, Descent of Man, p. 235)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Repost: "Why Do Humans have Chins?"

Blog post from the Smithsonian's Hominid Hunting blog on "Why do humans have chins?"  The answers have been quite varied.