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Sherwood Washburn
Sherwood L. Washburn

The success of the first Viking Fund conferences led several physical anthro­pologists to hope that the idea of the supper-conferences might be expanded to meet the needs of their specialty. Developments in human genetics, in evo­lutionary theory, and in systematics made it apparent that traditional physical anthropology needed thorough revision. However, the relatively few individuals employed as physical anthropologists were extremely isolated, both from each other and from interested scientists in related disciplines. To meet this special condition, meeting