Human Evolution

, Volume 11, Issue 3–4, pp 261–268 | Cite as

Weidenreich, Coon, and multiregional evolution

  • R. Caspari
  • M. H. Wolpoff


Many theories of human evolution emphasie that there was significant geographic variation. They may have little else in common, though, and the idea that Coon provided the evolutionary basis for Weidenreich’s polycentrism, while multiregionalism cleansed Coon’s writings of racism has been misleading. Coon and Weidenreich were as different as polygenism and monogenism, and in the basis of their differences lies the genesis of multiregionalism.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Caspari
    • 1
  • M. H. Wolpoff
    • 1
  1. 1.Paleoanthropology Laboratory Department of AnthropologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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