The Man Who Found the Missing Link
Eugène Dubois and his lifelong quest to prove Darwin right
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Eugène Dubois (1858-1940) First hears about Darwin’s theory of evolution when he is ten years old. Darwin’s renowned but controversial book has been published a year before Dubois was born.
In Dubois’ Catholic surroundings, he predominantly hears criticism on the book. He resolves to gather evidence to convince non-believers of the truth of this theory. He will find fossils and proof the existence of a species between ape and human.
After his study at the University of Amsterdam, he rockets into a scientific career; at age 28 he is already offered the post of professor. He declines and leaves for the Dutch Indies as an army doctor. No one wants to pay for an expedition and this is the only way he can think of get to where he thinks he should be. After searching and digging up hundreds of miles over many years, he succeeds. He finds three partial remains which he beliefs to prove the existence of a species between ape and human: the homo erectus.
He spends the rest of his life trying to convince the world he is right and to get recognition for his achievement.
The writer was supported by specialized scientists.
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