George Grant MacCurdy
George Grant MacCurdy, A.M., Ph.D. (April 17, 1863 – November 15, 1947) was an American anthropologist, born at Warrensburg, Mo., where he graduated from the State Normal School in 1887, after which he attended Harvard (A.B., 1893; A.M., 1894); then studied in Europe at Vienna, Paris (School of Anthropology), and at Berlin (1894–98; and at Yale (Ph.D., 1905). He was employed at Yale from 1902 onwards as instructor, lecturer, curator of the anthropological collections (1902–10), and assistant professor of archeology after 1910.He was a member of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences.
MacCurdy argued for Europe as the origin of the first humans, in his 1924 book Human Origins, he said: “The beginnings of things human, so far as we have been able to discover them, have their fullest exemplification in Europe”.
He was the author of:
- Obsidian razor of the Aztecs (1900)
- The Eolithic Problem (1905)
- Some Phases of Prehistoric Archœology (1907)
- Recent Discoveries Bearing on the Antiquity of Man in Europe (1910)
- A Study of Chiriquian Antiquities (1911)
- Review of Mayan Art (1913)
- Human Skulls from Gazelle Peninsula (1914)
- Human Origins (1924)
- The Coming of Man, USA: The University Society, 1935 , retrieved 10 October 2011