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Catapulted into the Study of Fossil Man: Phillip Tobias Shares the Story of His Career (Podcast)

Into the PastTobias in ConversationJenny Crwys-Williams recently shared an old interview with Phillip Vallentine Tobias, who sadly has since passed away, on her CapeTalk/ Talk Radio 702 book show. The paleoanthropologist speaks about his memoir Into the Past.

In the interview, Crwys-Williams asks Tobias to share how he made the jump from his interest in genes to paleoanthropology. In response, he says most people who study fossils pay little attention to the genetic aspect, which he regards as very unfortunate because “genes are in fact basic to what we are. He explains that “what we see when we dig up bones is just the by-product of the genes”.

Tobias describes the series of experiences that “catapulted” him into the study of fossil man, when he had been “dead set for working on the living peoples of Africa through genetic insights”. Along the way, he speaks about the significant skulls, like “Dear Boy” and “Mrs Ples”, he has worked on during the course of his career.

Listen to the podcast:

 

Book details

  • Tobias in Conversation: Genes, Fossils and Anthropology by Phillip Tobias and Goran Strkajl, edited by Jane Dugard
    EAN: 9781868144778
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