A Towering Figure Is Gone


July 07, 2012

Philip V. Tobias, a world renowned paleoanthropologist, equally at home in the field or in his office preparing descriptions, has died at 87. He succeeded Raymond Dart as department head at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In his long and fulfilling career he worked with the Leakeys at Olduvai Gorge and fought apartheid at home.

In this week's journal Nature, Bernard Wood. himself a leading paleoanthropologist, researcher and and teacher, provides an obituary.