Paleoanthropologists on stamps and other philatelic items.
The personalities list:
Abbe (Henri) Breuil
Johann Carl Fuhlrott
Abbe (Henri) Breuil
Henri Edouard Prosper Breuil, often
referred to as Abbe Breuil, was a French archaeologist, anthropologist,
ethnologist and geologist. He is noted for his studies of cave art in
the Somme and Dordogne valleys as well as in Spain, Portugal, Italy,
Ireland, China with Teilhard de Chardin, Ethiopia, Somaliland and
especially Southern Africa.
Australian-born South African palaeontologist and anthropologist who in 1924 discovered
the first fossil remains of the australopithecenes, early hominids,
near Taungs in Botswana.
Dart named them Australopithecus africanus, and
spent many years trying to prove that they were early humans rather
than apes. Austalopithecus
africanus was first discovered by Raymond Dart in 1925. He found a
beautifully preserved skull of a juvenile, three to four years old.
This skull, commonly known as the Taung Child, for Taung South Africa
where it was found, is perhaps the best preserved fossil of A.
africanus known. Australopithecus
africanus has a somewhat dish shaped facial structure with teeth that
are relatively large compared to modern humans. While it has larger
front teeth compared to the back the emphasis is on back tooth
grinding. As a result, a sagital crest is present on males for the
attachment of large muscles.This
creature is rather lightly built and has a small cranial capacity of
about 440 cc on the average. It first appeared approximately 2.5
million years ago and had a rather short 1 million year
Many anthropologists believe that A. africanus belongs on the line that
leads to Homo.
In 1881,Ales Hrdlicka immigrated with his family to the United States from Humpolec, Bohemia
(presently located in the southern part of the Czech republic).
After receiving his medical
degree in New York in 1892, his interests gradually shifted from the
biological basis of abnormal behavior to normal human variation and
evolution. In 1903, he joined the staff of the Smithsonian Institution
in Washington D.C. and conducted research in physical anthropology
there until his retirement in 1942 and death in 1943.
Hrdlicka is widely recognized as an early pioneer in the development of
American physical anthropology. His work can be
traced to much of the current academic activity in physical anthropology at the Smithsonian
Prof. Dr. Johann Carl Fuhlrott
was an early German paleoanthropologist
, who is famous for
recognizing the significance of the bones of Neanderthal 1, a Neanderthal
specimen discovered by German laborers who were digging for limestone
in Neander valley (Neanderthal in German) in August 1856. Originally
disregarded, Fuhlrott, to his eternal credit, had the insight to
recognize them for what they were: the remains of a previously unknown
type of human.
Fuhlrott identified them as human and thought them to
be very old. He recognized them to be different from the usual bones of
humans and showed them to the Professor of Anatomy at the University of
Bonn, Hermann Schaaffhausen. Together they announced the discovery
publicly in 1857. In their view the bones represented the remnants of
an ancient human race, different from contemporary humans.
Today, Fuhlrott and Schaaffhausen are considered to be the founders of
, and the taxon they
discovered is referred to as Homo neanderthalensis
in honor of the site where it was first identified.
Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey (7 August 1903 – 1 October 1972) was a Kenyan
and archaeologist whose work was important in demonstrating that humans
evolved in Africa, particularly through discoveries made at Olduvai
Gorge with his wife, fellow paleontologist Mary Leakey
established a program of palaeoanthropological inquiry in eastern
Africa, he also motivated many future generations to continue this
scholarly work. Several members of Leakey's family became prominent
In the 1950s and 1960s, the Leakey family found more fossils of this type
and of related types in the Olduvai Gorge of E Africa, establishing
that Australopithecines were hominids, walked erect, made tools, and
lived as early as 5.5 million years ago.
After further discoveries in the 1980s, they are today classified as Homo
(6 February 1913 9 December 1996) - an eminent archaeologist and
anthropologist, Leakeys discoveries were so significant that they
forced scientists to radically change many long-held views about
She was the one who discovered the first fossilized Proconsul skull, an extinct ape now believed to
be ancestral to humans. She also discovered the robust
Zinjanthropus skull at Olduvai Gorge
. For much of her career she worked together with her husband,
, in Olduvai Gorge
uncovering the tools and fossils of ancient hominines. She developed a
system for classifying the stone tools found at Olduvai. She also
discovered the Laetoli footprints. It was here, at the Laetoli site,
that she discovered Hominin fossils that were more than 3.75
million-years-old. She also discovered fifteen new species of other
animals, and one new genus.
In 1960 she became director of excavation at Olduvai and subsequently took
it over, building her own staff. After the death of her husband, she
became a leading palaeoanthropologist, helping to establish the Leakey tradition in the field.
Mary died on 9 December 1996 at the age of 83, a renowned
paleoanthropologist, who had not only conducted significant research of
her own, but had been invaluable to the research careers of her
husband, Louis Leakey, and their sons, Richard, Philip, and Jonathan.
(1856-1936) was a Croatian geologist, paleontologist, and archeologist.
Dragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger on stamp of Croatia 1999, MiNr.: 518, Scott: 404b.
Dragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger on commemorative postmark of Croatia 2916
"160th anniversary of Dragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger".
Gorjanovic-Kramberger is best known for his discovery and descriptions of the Neandertal remains
from the Husnjakova rock shelter at Krapina in northwestern Croatia.
The richness of human fossils, tools, and vertebrate fauna at Krapina made Gorjanovic-Kramberger’s
descriptions critical for understanding Neandertal’s place in human evolution.
Krapina remains, fossilized remains of at least 24 early Neanderthal adults and children,
consisting of skulls, teeth, and other skeletal parts found in a rock shelter near the city of Krapina,
northern Croatia, between 1899 and 1905.
The remains date to about 130,000 years ago, and the skulls have strong Neanderthal features such as heavy,
sloping foreheads and projecting midfaces. The teeth are exceptionally large, particularly the front teeth,
and the limbs exhibit the form and strength characteristic of the Neanderthals and their predecessors.
The fragmentation of the Krapina fossils has led some to suggest cannibalism, perhaps during periods of
starvation; lesions on the teeth indicate that starvation was a frequent occurrence.
Trampling by animals is another possible cause for the shattered bones.
Krapina Neanderthal Museum was opened near Krapina Neanderthal sites in 1952.
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