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    History in the Gene: Negotiations Between Molecular and Organismal Anthropology.Marianne Sommer - 2008 - Journal of the History of Biology 41 (3):473-528.
    In the advertising discourse of human genetic database projects, of genetic ancestry tracing companies, and in popular books on anthropological genetics, what I refer to as the anthropological gene and genome appear as documents of human history, by far surpassing the written record and oral history in scope and accuracy as archives of our past. How did macromolecules become "documents of human evolutionary history"? Historically, molecular anthropology, a term introduced by Emile Zuckerkandl in 1962 to characterize the study of primate (...)
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    Population-Genetic Trees, Maps, and Narratives of the Great Human Diasporas.Marianne Sommer - 2015 - History of the Human Sciences 28 (5):108-145.
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    Ancient Hunters and Their Modern Representatives: William Sollas’s Anthropology From Disappointed Bridge to Trunkless Tree and the Instrumentalisation of Racial Conflict.Marianne Sommer - 2005 - Journal of the History of Biology 38 (2):327-365.
    During the first decades of the 20th century, many anthropologists who had previously adhered to a linear view of human evolution, from an ape via Pithecanthropus erectus and Neanderthal to modern humans, began to change their outlook. A shift towards a branching model of human evolution began to take hold. Among the scientific factors motivating this trend was the insight that mammalian evolution in general was best represented by a branching tree, rather than by a straight line, and that several (...)
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    Seriality in the Making: The Osborn-Knight Restorations of Evolutionary History.Marianne Sommer - 2010 - History of Science 48 (3-4):461.
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    Visibility Matters: Diagrammatic Renderings of Human Evolution and Diversity in Physical, Serological and Molecular Anthropology.Veronika Lipphardt & Marianne Sommer - 2015 - History of the Human Sciences 28 (5):3-16.
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    Eoliths as Evidence for Human Origins? The British Context.Marianne Sommer - 2004 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 26 (2):209 - 241.
    In the second half of the nineteenth century, France was the main site of the controversy around the so-called eoliths, supposedly human-made tools of Tertiary Europe. In contrast to the more common situation where scientists have to make sure that an object stabilized in a laboratory is not an artifact of the lab but a natural object, in the eoliths debates the opposite was the case. The eolith proponents tried to render plausible the object's artificial, that is human, origin. In (...)
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    ‘An Amusing Account Of A Cave In Wales’: William Buckland and the Red Lady of Paviland. [REVIEW]Marianne Sommer - 2004 - British Journal for the History of Science 37 (1):53-74.
    In 1823 the first Reader of Geology at Oxford University, William Buckland , unearthed the human skeleton known as the ‘Red Lady’ in Paviland cave, south Wales. While the Red Lady is valued today as a central testimony of early Upper Palaeolithic humans in Britain, Buckland considered the skeleton as of postdiluvian age, meaning from after the biblical Deluge. Rather than viewing Buckland as either obscurantist or as having worked entirely within ordinary scientific practice, the paper focuses on how he (...)
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    Dirk Preuß;, Uwe Hoßfeld;, Olaf Breidbach . Anthropologie nach Haeckel. 256 pp., figs., illus., index. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2006. €46. [REVIEW]Marianne Sommer - 2008 - Isis 99 (1):206-207.
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    Tom Gundling. First in Line: Tracing Our Ape Ancestry. Xiii + 204 Pp., Apps., Bibl., Index. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2005. $25 .Raymond Corbey. The Metaphysics of Apes: Negotiating the Animal–Human Boundary. X + 227 Pp., Illus., Bibl., Index. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. $65 ; $23.99. [REVIEW]Marianne Sommer - 2006 - Isis 97 (1):170-172.
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    Doug Macdougall. Nature's Clocks: How Scientists Measure the Age of Almost Everything. Xi + 272 Pp., Illus., Figs., Tables, Apps., Bibl., Index. Berkeley/Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2008. $24.95. [REVIEW]Marianne Sommer - 2009 - Isis 100 (3):674-675.
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    Nadia Abu El-Haj. The Genealogical Science: The Search for Jewish Origins and the Politics of Epistemology. Ix + 311 Pp., Bibl., Index. Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2012. $35. [REVIEW]Marianne Sommer - 2013 - Isis 104 (1):149-150.
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