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De Lausanne aux forêts vénézuéliennes. Mission géologique de François de Loys (1892-1935) et les origines d'une controverse anthropologique
From Lausanne to the Venezuelan forests. Geological mission of François de Loys (1892-1935) and the origins of an anthropological controversy
Auteur(s)
VILORIA A. L. ; URBANI F. ; MCCOOK S. ; ...
Résumé
François de Loys (1892-1935), a geologist from Lausanne, was one of the pioneers of oil exploration in the remote rain forests south west of Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela. As a field geologist, he participated in expeditions to Europe, Africa and America during the golden age of great oil discoveries. However. Dr de Loys is less known for his geological achievements than for the discovery of a primate with exceptional features in the forests of western Venezuela. His photographic document and testimony, presented for the first time by the Swiss anthropologist Georges Montandon, led to a controversy around what the latter claimed to be the discovery of an anthropoid ape in South America. Montandon's hypothesis was initially accepted and defended by French scientists, but radical criticisms, especially from Great Britain and North America, rapidly brought the case to an end in the 1930s, when it was finally regarded as a hoax. However, there seems to be no sufficient reasons to deny the veracity of the discovery and the seriousness of de Loys and its mentor Montandon. Nowadays, the story is still eventually recalled as an unresolved case.
Editeur
Payot
Identifiant
ISSN : 0037-9603 CODEN : BSVAA6
Source
Bulletin de la Société Vaudoise des Sciences Naturelles A. 1999, vol. 86, n° 3, pp. 157-174 [Illustrations : Illustration] [bibl. : 3 p.1/2]
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Français
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