Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952453 | Print ISBN: 9780761930297 | Online ISBN: 9781412952453| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Howell, Francis Clark (1925–)
Biruté Mary F. Galdikas
Francis Clark Howell, better known as Clark Howell, is one of the most influential and respected physical anthropologists in North America today. Howell pioneered an integrative multidisciplinary approach to the study of human origins that combines vertebrate paleontology, evolutionary biology, geology, ecology, and prehistoric archeology. This comprehensive Howellian approach is now the standard against which all early hominid excavations are measured. Howell is distinguished by his five decades of continuous work and contributions to the field of paleoanthropology. He has published prolifically, organized and participated in important conferences, and has mentored numerous students such as Leslie Freeman, Geoffrey Pope, and Don Johanson. He is genial, personally warm, and renowned for his encyclopedic mind. He was one of the ...