On the Evolutionary Uniqueness of Man

  • Theodosius Dobzhansky


The purpose of this article is to review the unique features of the evolutionary process which gave rise to the human species. These unique features are examined in the light of our modern understanding of the methods which bring evolution about. No originality is claimed for any of the ideas presented in the article. The general conception of the nature of human evolution may nevertheless be controversial. If so, the author hopes to have a powerful ally in George G. Simpson, many of whose writings seem to indicate that we are in a general agreement on most, though not on all subjects, and to whom this article is dedicated with admiration and affection on his 70th birthday.


Cultural Evolution Biological Species Human Language Human Species Genetic Endowment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theodosius Dobzhansky
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  1. 1.Department of GeneticsUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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