First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Frank Spencer is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Queens College, City University of New York. He is the author of scientific articles and books that include a comprehensive study of the Piltdown Affair: Piltdown: A Scientific Forgery (1990) and The Piltdown Papers (1990); also co-editor of the award winning book: The Origin of Modern Humans (1984) and editor of A History of American Physical Anthropology, 1930-1980 (1982).
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