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Frederic Wood Jones
(23 Jan 1879 - 29 Sep 1954)

English naturalist, anthropologist and anatomist whose prolific and diverse output of books included The Principles of Anatomy as Seen in the Hand (1910), Corrals and Atolls (1910), Unscientific Essays (1924), “The Matrix of the Mind” (1929), “Man’s Place Among the Mamals” (1929), Structure and Function as seen in Foot (1944), and a children’s book of verse, Sea Birds Simplified.

Science Quotes by Frederic Wood Jones (2 quotes)

Man is no new-begot child of the ape, bred of a struggle for existence upon brutish lines—nor should the belief that such is his origin, oft dinned into his ears by scientists, influence his conduct. Were he to regard himself as an extremely ancient type, distinguished chiefly by the qualities of his mind, and to look upon the existing Primates as the failures of his line, as his misguided and brutish collaterals, rather than as his ancestors, I think it would be something gained for the ethical outlook of Homo—and also it would be consistent with present knowledge.
— Frederic Wood Jones
The Origin of Man (1918), a pamphlet published by The Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, reprinted in Arthur Dendy (ed.), Animal Life and Human Progress (1919), 131.
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Whoever wins to a great scientific truth will find a poet before him in the quest.
— Frederic Wood Jones
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