The New York Times is running a profile of Ralph Holloway, a paleoanthropologist that specializes in brain evolution, one of my favorite subtopics in anthropology. The piece is written by Michael Balter, and it overviews his current project research with Homo floresiensis.
In a nutshell, Holloway is on the fence about whether or not Homo floresiensis is a new species, he sees evidence of platycephaly, a flattening of the brain rather than microcephaly, the focus that everyone else is honing in on.
William Kimbel of the IHO over at ASU makes quote that makes me feel as if Holloway’s contributions are done,
“He will be remembered as the major advocate for an early reorganization of the brain in human evolution.”
Maybe I’m reading too much into the quote, but Dr. Holloway is still very much active and continuing some great work. He’s decided not to retire and he’s continued his very lively academic rivalry with Dr. Dean Falk, who respects his position that the evolution of the human brain is not all about size but also about what functional areas were modified. But, Dr. Falk and him are still butting heads over the Homo floresiensis and the Taung child endocasts.