Happenings and Hearsay: Experiences of a Biological Anthropologist

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One of the post-World War II founders of modern human biology and physical anthropology, Gabriel Lasker has a well-established place in the history of science. Lasker pioneered the concept of plasticity in human biology in an article published in Science in 1969. This notion of plasticity forced the scientific community to reexamine the genetically fixed racial types that scientists relied upon. More than a memoir, Happenings and Hearsay documents the rapid changes in the field of anthropology in the second half of the twentieth-century. Lasker takes the reader through decades of scientific research for a peek inside the lives of people that ultimately have defined what it means to be human.

The late Gabriel W. Lasker was professor emeritus of anatomy at Wayne State University and founding editor of the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology and longtime editor of the journal Human Biology, now the official journal of the American Association of Anthropological Genetics.

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One of the post-World War II founders of modern human biology and physical anthropology, Gabriel Lasker has a well-established place in the history of science.

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One of the founders of modern human biology and physical anthropology, Gabriel W. Lasker holds a well-established place in the history of science. In a classic article published in Science in 1969, Lasker advanced the idea of plasticity, the process of human adaptation to stressful environments by a series of modifications to the body during the course of physical growth and development. This concept was a factor that led the scientific community to give up its reliance on the notion of genetically fixed racial types.

As he documents the rapidly changing field of anthropology and some of its leading figures, Lasker gives his readers a peek inside the lives of people who have defined what it means to be human -- and one of those people is himself.

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