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Franz Weidenreich

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Anatomist and anthropologist, born in Edenkoben, SW Germany. He studied medicine at Strasbourg, where he became professor of anatomy (1903–18), held posts at Heidelberg and Frankfurt, then left Nazi Germany for the USA in 1934. He worked in China at the Peking Union Medical College (1935–41), collaborating with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin on fossil remains of Peking Man. He moved to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (1941–8), his studies of hominid fossil remains leading him to an orthogenetic view of human evolution which he summarized in Apes, Giants and Man (1946).

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