Jolanta Koszteyn

Plio-Pleistocene Hominids: Epistemological and Taxonomic Problems

09 - 2004, pages 169–202
Date of online publication: 15 June 2015
Date of publication: 01 November 2004


In this article the author addresses the question of whether the available fossil remains of hominids constitute evidence of different types of hominids’ belonging to distinct species (Darwin’s model of evolution), or to distinct ecotypes (Wasmann’s model of evolution). In her view, the fossil record – both that allowing for the reconstruction of anatomical systems and that furnishing evidence for the cultural life of early hominids – leaves room for the hypothesis that they were ecotypes of one species. To define them as different “races” would only be possible given the adoption of a broad understanding of the concept of “race”.


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Koszteyn, Jolanta. Plio-Pleistocene Hominids: Epistemological and Taxonomic Problems.” Forum Philosophicum 9 (2004): 169–202. doi:10.5840/forphil2004921.