Henri de Marcellus The Atlas of Man

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The Atlas of Man

 
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The twenty-two maps that constitute The Atlas of Man illustrate the Earth's climatological and geological past in conjunction with the history of man's evolution, from the Ice Age of Gunz until the present day. In doing so, this study throws a revealing light on the role played by the earth itself in the making of mankind. Thus, the Atlas of Man takes its departure from a time when man's remote ancestors were in possession of "pebble tools" and follows the emergence of the several races of man. The maps, hand-painted by the author, superimpose a depiction of man's evolving racial divercity and migrations on the dramatic changes of climate and environment brought about by the four great Ice Ages: Gunz, Mindel, Riss and Wurm, the interglacial periods that separated them and variations in climate since that time. They also depict the vast eustatic changes in ocean levels that occurred in consequence of the glacial periods, incorporating the appearance of land-bridges, exposed shore lines and the flooding of areas that are desert today. The interdisciplinary charactor of this study brings together the work of the leading 20th century anthopologists and geologists, and the juxtaposition of their disciplines goes far to resolve a number of riddles that have beset the study of early man. The text which accompanies each map gives a clear description of the significant discoveries made by three generations of specialists in the fields of prehistory and anthropology; as well as the author's commentary concerning the many questions that surround racial origins - questions clarified by his interdisciplinary approach. Among the authorities whose work informs the text are C.S. Coon, Louis Leakey, Teilhard de Chardin, F. Weidenreich, Bedrich Hrozny, Kenneth Oakley, as well as the African specialists H. Aliman and Sir H.H. Johnston, geologist, Rhodes W. Fairbridge and many others. A comprehensive listing of the fossil record is included with this

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Henri de Marcellus combined a lifelong study of man's early history, racial evolution, and migrations with an equal passion for the history of the earth's geography and its many changing features. This Atlas is the outcome of these two areas of research. His family home in the southwest of France was close to a number of the most celebrated prehistoric finds. These discoveries, unearthed so close to home, inspired him with a a fascination for the subject when still a boy. He was further influenced by family connections such as the Marquis de Vibraye, a pioneer anthopologist who had played a vital role in convincing the academic world to accept prehistory as an academic study. De Marcellus followed a classical education in Paris with studies in geography under Pierre Vidal de la Blache, whose geographical approach to history had a great influence on his own methodology. Through the years, he remained in correspondence with many of the leading earth scientists and antropologists of his time. He was an unapologetic generalist and a believer in interdisciplinary study, and in this series of maps he superimposes the known fossil record of early man, and his subsequent migrations, on the geography of earlier ages; a juxtaposion that brings clarification to many puzzles regarding man's history and development. He came to the United states in 1925, but his approach to man's early history and the geography, as well as many of his sources, owe much to his french education and the classic French tradition of scholarship in this field. The publication of this Atlas was halted by his death, but with today's increased interest in the question of global warming and changing ocean levels, as well as new methods of dating finds from the remote past, including that of DNA, the Alberto Vollmer Foundation has decided that this study is both important and timely. The Atlas of man has been translated from the French by Juliette de Marcellus, daughter of the author. She is a prize winning journalist and writer who worked with her father on preparing this text.

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