Darwin's Hunch describes the often macabre and ultimately racist history behind the study of human origins, with a special emphasis on the work conducted in South Africa, which led to implementation of its apartheid policies. Inspired by her former mentor Stephen Jay Gould's critique of the racist social views that set back scientific thinking surrounding human origins, Christa Kuljian has written a captivating historical account of the influence of social and political constructs alluded to by Gould. Darwin's Hunch provides a well-documented look at the social and political context surrounding the preconceived racist attitudes and beliefs used to drive over 100 years of scientific research. Early researchers in anthropology and human biology, with a...

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