Developmental Dynamics in Humans and Other Primates

Discovering Evolutionary Principles through Comparative Morphology

By Jos Verhulst

Foreword by Mark Riegner

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Expands on Louis Bolk's evolutionary theory and proposes that humans have not descended from apes, but rather that apes have evolved by diverging from a humanlike prototype.

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In this book, Jos Verhulst expands on the evolutionary theory first proposed by Louis Bolk. The theory is based on the premise that aspects of the individual creatures' development -- from juveniles to adults -- are also at work in animal evolution as a whole.


Verhulst shows that, unlike other primates -- who start out with a rather humanlike form but become, say, apes -- humans retain their original fetal form. Standing Darwinism on its head, he argues that humans have not descended from apes, but rather that apes have evolved by diverging from a humanlike prototype.


He also proposes that the gradually emerging human prototype is the driving force, and central trunk, of the evolutionary tree -- the wellspring from which the animal world has sprung.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Floris Books
Publication Date 25 Aug 2005
ISBN 9780932776297

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