AFRICAN GENESIS ROBERT ARDREY PDF

His first play, Star Spangled, opened on Broadway in He continued to have plays produced on Broadway. His most famous, Thunder Rock, became a sensation in wartime London, and is now regarded as an international classic. In the s, increasingly disenchanted with Hollywood, Ardrey travelled to Africa to write a series of articles. This trip renewed his interest in human origins, and he returned to his academic training in the sciences. In he moved with his wife and two sons to Geneva, and spent the next five years travelling and researching in Eastern and Southern Africa, conducting research for what would become his first scientific work, African Genesis

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His first play, Star Spangled, opened on Broadway in He continued to have plays produced on Broadway. His most famous, Thunder Rock, became a sensation in wartime London, and is now regarded as an international classic.

In the s, increasingly disenchanted with Hollywood, Ardrey travelled to Africa to write a series of articles. This trip renewed his interest in human origins, and he returned to his academic training in the sciences. In he moved with his wife and two sons to Geneva, and spent the next five years travelling and researching in Eastern and Southern Africa, conducting research for what would become his first scientific work, African Genesis They overturned core assumptions of the social sciences and led to a revolution in thinking about human nature.

Fundamentally Ardrey argued that human behavior was not entirely socially determined, rather evolutionarily inherited instincts help determine behavior and format large-scale social phenomena. Subsequent science has largely vindicated his hypotheses. Time magazine named African Genesis the most notable book of the s.

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African Genesis

Background[ edit ] Robert Ardrey, at the time a working playwright and screenwriter, travelled in to Africa , partly at the behest of Richard Foster Flint , to investigate claims made by Raymond Dart about a specimen of Australopithecus africanus. Dart, in his laboratory at Witwatersrand University Medical School , had assembled evidence for a controversial thesis. Among the collection were fossil baboon skulls from the caves of Taung , Terkfontein and Makapan that he believed showed fractures caused by Australopithecus wielding bone clubs; the jaw of a juvenile ape-man from Makapansgat which had been fractured and lost its incisors; and 7, fossil bones from the Makapansgat cave. Those instincts are with us today.

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