Re: Your book review in PERSPECTIVES, page 222, of Morton's

Bill Hamilton (
Mon, 24 Aug 1998 08:29:44 -0400

Burgy wrote

>At least two other possibilities exist, and I'd think that either of them
>could also explain the evidence. First, is there evidence that winters
>then were like winters now -- i.e. as cold as winters now? If not --
>perhaps the climates then were warm enough to make clothing unnecessary.
>Second -- hair does not fossilize (I think) -- perhaps H. Erectus had
>sufficient body hair to survive winter climes as bears, elks, deer, etc.
>do now!
Glenn's response seems to cover the issue of fur/hair quite adequately, but
I didn't see anything about the climate in Siberia, Georgia and Germany
during the periods in question. I would expect that some evidence about
the climate ought to exist, and I wouldn't be surprised to find it in
Glenn's book -- he was pretty thorough. But how about it Glenn: what
evidence is there for the climates in Germany, Siberia and Georgia during
the times wee're talking about?

Bill Hamilton
William E. Hamilton, Jr., Ph.D.
Staff Research Engineer
Chassis and Vehicle Systems, GM R&D Center
Warren, MI / (home)