Professor of Anthropology

Jonathan Marks

Some Recent Publications


 Marks, J. (2021) Why Are There Still Creationists? Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

 Marks, J. (2020) Continuities and discontinuities in human evolution. In: Theology and Evolutionary Anthropology: Dialogues in Wisdom, Humility and Grace, edited by C. Deane-Drummond and A. Fuentes. London: Routledge, pp. 243-263.

 Marks, J. (2020) Naming the sacred ancestors: Taxonomic reification and Pleistocene genomic narratives. In: Interrogating Human Origins: Decolonisation and the Deep Past, edited by M. Porr and J. Matthews. London: Routledge, pp. 295-309.

 Marks, J. (2020) [Review of Difference and Disease, by Suman Seth]. Isis, 111(2) 400-401.

 Marks, J. (2020) [Review of Human Origins: Contributions from Social Anthropology, edited by Camilla Power, Morna Finnegan, and Hilary Callan]. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 26:189-190.

 Marks, J. (2019) Stories of ancestors [Review of History Within by Marianne Sommer]. Metascience 28:301-303. <>

 Marks, J. (2019) Chapter 2: Evolution. In: Explorations: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology, edited by Beth Shook, Katie Nelson, Kelsie Aguilera, and Lara Braff. <>

 Marks, J. (2019) The coevolution of human origins, human variation, and their meaning in the nineteenth century. Zygon, 54:246-251.

 Marks, J. (2018) Guest Editorial: Genetic testing: When is information too much? Anthropology Today, 34(2):1-2.

 Marks, J. (2018) The Alternative Introduction to Biological Anthropology, Second edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

 Marks, J. (2018) An evolving, evolutionary science of human differences. In: Handbook of Biology and Society, edited by M. Meloni, P. Fitzgerald, S. Lloyd, and J. Crosby. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 123-141.

 Marks, J. (2017) Is Science Racist? Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.

 Marks, J. (2017) This isnt rocket science [Review of The Kingdom of Speech by Tom Wolfe, The Evolution of Everything by Matt Ridley, A Foot In The River by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Ultrasociety by Peter Turchin, and Evolution In Four Dimensions, Revised Edition by Eva Jablonka and Marion Lamb]. Evolutionary Anthropology, 26:184-188.

 Marks, J. (2017) What if the human mind evolved for nonrational thought? An anthropological perspective. Zygon, 52(3): 790-806.

 Marks, J. (2017) Anthropology and science. In: The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Anthropology, ed. by Simon Coleman, Susan B. Hyatt, and Ann Kingsolver. New York: Routledge, pp. 305-322.

 Marks, J. (2016) Essay review: Solving the riddle of race [Review of Race Unmasked by Michael Yudell, Constructing Race by Tracy Teslow, The Myth of Race by Robert Wald Sussman, and Racecraft by Barbara J. Fields and Karen Fields]. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 59:161-164.

 Marks, J. (2016) The units of scientific anthropological origin narratives. Anthropological Theory, 16: 285-294.

 Marks, J. (2016) "Teaching Race: Translation." Dialogues, Cultural Anthropology website.

 Marks, J. (2016) A tale of ex-apes: Whence wisdom? Philosophy, Theology, and the Sciences, 3:152-174.

 Marks, J. (2015) Are we apes? No, we are humans.

 Marks, J. (2015) Tales of the ex-Apes: How We Think about Human Evolution. Berkeley: University of California Press.

 Marks, J., Moss, C. R., and Fuentes, A. (2015) The new Hippocratics. Anthropology Today 31 (4):1-2.

 Marks, J. (2015) Evolutionary psychology is neither.

 Marks, J. (2015) The growth of biocultural thought [Review of The Myth of Race by Robert W. Sussman, A Talent for Friendship by John Terrell, and The Creation of Inequality by Kent Flannery and Joyce Marcus]. Evolutionary Anthropology, 24:33-36.

 Marks, J. (2015) Review of The Politics of Species, edited by Raymond Corbey and Annette Lanjouw. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 156:179.

 Marks, J. (2014) Review of A Troublesome Inheritance by Nicholas Wade. Human Biology, 86(3):221-225.

 Marks, J. (2014) Commentary: Toward an anthropology of genetics. American Anthropologist, 116(4):749-751.

 Marks, J. (2014) Human Genome Diversity Project. [Encyclopedia of] Bioethics, 4th Edition. Edited by Bruce Jennings. Vol. 3, pp. 1578-1583. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference.

 Marks, J. (2014) Review of A Troublesome Inheritance. The Huffington Post.

 Marks, J. (2014) The Genes Made Us Do It: The new pseudoscience of racial difference. In These Times, 38(6): 28-31.

 Marks, J. (2013) Nulture.

 Marks, J. (2013) Human genomics and anthropology. General Anthropology, 20:1-4.

 Marks, J. (2013) The nature/culture of genetic facts. Annual Review of Anthropology, 42:247-267.

 Marks, J. (2013) Pop anthropology, with little anthropology or pop. Reviews in Anthropology, 42: 207-226.

 Marks, J. (2012) Why be against Darwin? Creationism, racism, and the roots of anthropology. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology, 55:95-104.

 Marks, J. (2012) My ancestors, myself. Aeon Magazine, 21 November 2012.

 Marks, J. (2012) The biological myth of human evolution. Contemporary Social Science, 7(2):139-157.

 Marks, J. (2012) Recent advances in culturomics. [Review of Sense and Nonsense, by Kevin N. Laland and Gillian R. Brown; Darwinian Sociocultural Evolution, by Marion Blute; Cultural Evolution, by Kate Distin; Cultural Evolution, by Alex Mesoudi; Human Evolution and the Origins of Hierarchies, by Benoît Dubreuil; Ancestors and Relatives, by Eviatar Zerubavel; and Social Anthropology and Human Origins, by Alan Barnard.] Evolutionary Anthropology, 21:38-42.

 Marks, J. (2012) The origins of anthropological genetics. Current Anthropology, 53, Supplement 5:S161-S172.

 Marks, J. (2012) Evolutionary ideologies. In: Pragmatic Evolution: Applications of Evolutionary Theory, edited by Aldo Poiani. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 297-312.

 Marks, J. (2011) Applied anthropology anyone? Anthropology Today, 27 (3):3-4.

 Marks, J. (2011) The Alternative Introduction to Biological Anthropology. New York: Oxford University Press.

 Kuper, A., and Marks, J. (2011) Anthropologists, unite! Nature, 470:166-168.

 Marks, J. (2011) Off human nature. American Anthropologist, 112:513.

 Marks, J. (2010) Why were the first anthropologists creationists? Evolutionary Anthropology,19:222-226.

 Marks, J. (2010) Ten facts about human variation. In: Human Evolutionary Biology, edited by M. Muehlenbein. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp . 265-276.

 Marks, J. (2010) Voltaire this aint (Review of The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins). Dialectical Anthropology, 34:339-346.

 Marks, J. (2010) Science, samples, and people. Anthropology Today, 26(3):3-4.

 Marks, J. (2010) The two 20th century crises of racial anthropology. In: History of Physical Anthropology in the Twentieth Century, edited by M. A. Little and K. A. R. Kennedy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, pp. 187-206.

 Marks, J. (2009) The making of the Adamic bomb [Review of Adams Ancestors, by David Livingstone; Darwins Sacred Cause, by Adrian Desmond and James Moore; Why Evolution is True, by Jerry Coyne; and Owens Ape and Darwins Bulldog, by Christopher Cosans]. Evolutionary Anthropology, 18:272-274.


 Marks, J. (2009) What is the viewpoint of hemoglobin, and does it matter? History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 31:239-260.

 Marks, J. (2009) Lets move on from race. Channel 4, UK.

 Marks, J. (2009) Why I Am Not A Scientist: Anthropology and Modern Knowledge. Berkeley: University of California Press.

 Marks, J. (2009) Darwins ventriloquists. Anthropology Now, 1(3):1-11.

 Marks, J. (2009) Ape and human similarities can be deceptive. Nature, 460:796.

 Marks, J. (2009) Lessons from history. International Journal of Cultural Property, 16: 199-204.

 Marks, J. (2009) The nature of humanness. In: The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology, ed. B. Cunliffe, C. Gosden, and R. Joyce. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 237-253.

 Marks, J. (2009) Intelligent Design and the Natives Point of View (Assuming the Native is an Educated 18th Century European). In: Darwin and the Bible: The Cultural Confrontation, edited by R. Robbins and M. N. Cohen. New York: Pearson Education, pp. 87-98.

 Marks, J. (2009) Is poverty better explained by history of colonialism? Nature, 458:145-146.

 Marks, J. (2008) The long shadow (Review of Davenports Dream, edited by Witkowski and Inglis). Nature Genetics, 40:1038.

 Marks, J. (2008) The construction of Mendels Laws. Evolutionary Anthropology, 17:250-253.

 Marks, J. (2008) Human Genome Diversity Studies: Impact on Indigenous Communities. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences <>. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester. DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005172.pub2

 Marks, J. (2008) The Growth of Scientific Standards from Anthropology Days to Present Days. In: The 1904 Anthropology Days and Olympic Games: Sport, Race, and American Imperialism, ed. by S. Brownell. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, pp. 383-396.

 Marks, J. (2008) Race: Past, Present, and Future. In: Revisiting Race in a Genomic Age, edited by B. Koenig, S. Lee, and S. Richardson. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, pp. 21-38.

 Marks, J. (2008) Caveat emptor? The Newsletter of the ESRC Genomics Network, 7 (March 2008): 22-23.

 Marks, J. (2008) Entries: Genetic Distance (vol. 2, pp. 27-28); Genetic Marker (vol. 2, pp. 28-29); Great Chain of Being (vol. 2, pp. 68-73); Scientific Racism, History of (vol. 3, pp. 1-16); Subspecies (vol. 3, pp. 104-105). In: The Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, ed. John H. Moore (Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference USA).

 Marks, J. (2008) Race across the physical-cultural divide in American anthropology. In: A New History of Anthropology, edited by H. Kuklick. New York: Blackwell, pp. 242-258.

 Marks, J. (2007) On rescuing science from scientists. In: The Joys of Teaching Anthropology, ed. by P. Rice, C. Kottak, and D. MacCurdy. New York: McGraw-Hill, pp. 55-62.

 Marks, J. (2007) Human biological diversity. In: New Encyclopedia of Africa, ed. by J. Middleton and J. Miller. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. 2:620-624.

 Bolnick, D. A., Fullwiley, D., Duster, T., Cooper, R. S., Fujimura, J., Kahn, J., Kaufman, J., Marks, J., Morning, A., Nelson, A., Ossorio, P., Reardon, J., Reverby, S., and Tallbear, K. (2007) The science and business of genetic ancestry testing. Science, 318:399-400.

 Marks, J. (2007) Anthropological taxonomy as both subject and object: The consequences of descent from Darwin and Durkheim. Anthropology Today, 23(4):7-12.

 Marks, J. (2007) Grand anthropological themes (Comment on Stephan Palmie’s “Genomics, divination, “racecraft”). American Ethnologist, 34:233-235.

 Marks, J. (2007) Long shadow of Linnaeus’s human taxonomy. Nature, 447:28.

 Marks, J. (2007) Who really wants to save the apes? Journal of Biosciences, 32:183-184.

 Marks, J. (2007) Review of In God’s Image: The Natural History of Intelligence and Ethics by Gerhard Meisenberg. International Journal of Primatology, 28:1289-1290.

 Marks, J. (2006) Review of A Genetic And Cultural Odyssey: The Life And Work of L. Luca Cavalli-Sforza by Linda Stone and Paul F. Lurquin. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 12, 1001-1003.

 Marks, J. (2006) Review of The Metaphysics of Apes by Raymond Corbey. International Journal of Primatology, 27:1223-1225.

 Marks, J. (2006) The scientific and cultural meaning of the odious ape-human comparison. In: The Nature of Difference: Science, Society and Human Biology, edited by G. Ellison and A. Goodman. London: CRC Press, pp. 35-51.

 Marks, J. and Harry, D. (2006) Counterpoint: Blood-Money. Evolutionary Anthropology, 15:93-94.

 Marks, J. (2005) New information, enduring questions: Race, genetics, and medicine in the 21st century. GeneWatch, 18(4): 13-16. (November):

 Marks, J. (2005) Three opportunities. Anthropology News (November):3.

 Marks, J. (2005) Ernst Mayr, 1904-2005. Evolutionary Anthropology, 14:83-85.

 Marks, J. (2005) The profound relevance and irrelevance of biology. General Anthropology, 11(2):1,5-7.

 Marks, J. (2005) The realities of races. Social Science Research Council Web Forum: Is Race Real?

 Marks, J. (2005) Phylogenetic trees and evolutionary forests. Evolutionary Anthropology, 14:49-53.

 Marks, J. (2005) Your body, my property: The problem of colonial genetics in a post-colonial world. In: Embedding Ethics, edited by Lynn Meskel and Peter Pels. Oxford: Berg Publishers, pp. 29-45.

 Marks, J. (2005) Anthropology and The Bell Curve. In: Why America's Top Pundits are Wrong: Anthropologists Talk Back, edited by C. Besteman and H. Gusterson. University of California Press, pp. 206-227.

 Marks, J. (2004) What, if anything, is a Darwinian anthropology? Social Anthropology, 12:181-193.

 Marks, J. (2004) The cultural bias of genetics (my title was "Folk heredity and our place in nature") Project Syndicate (European science) website.

 Marks, J. (2004) Review of Race: The Reality of Human Differences, by Vincent Sarich and Frank Miele. The Common Review, 3(2):42-44.

 Marks, J. (2004) Science and antiscience: Response to Weiss. American Anthropologist, 106:786-787.

 Marks, J. (2003) Human Genome Diversity Project: Impact on Indigenous Communities. In: Encyclopedia of the Human Genome. London: Macmillan.

 Marks, J. (2003) 98% Chimpanzee and 35% Daffodil: The Human Genome in Evolutionary and Cultural Context. In: Genetic Nature/Culture: Anthropology and Science Beyond the Two Culture Divide, ed. by A. Goodman, D. Heath, and M. S. Lindee. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 132-152.

 Marks, J. (2003) Against the genetic grain (Review of Making Genes, Making Waves: A Social Activist in Science, by Jon Beckwith). The Nation, 276(13):29-32 (April 7).

 Marks, J. (2002) The faces of eugenics (Review of The Unfit by E. A. Carlson, A Life of Sir Francis Galton by N. W. Gillham, and Building a Better Race by W. Kline). Evolutionary Anthropology, 11: 249-251.

 Marks, J. (2002) Entries: Aleš Hrdlicka, Harry Shapiro, W. W. Howells, and Sherwood Washburn. In: Celebrating a Century of the American Anthropological Association: Presidential Portraits, ed. R. Darnell and F. Gleach. Arlington, VA: American Anthropological Association, and Omaha: University of Nebraska Press, pp. 45-48,125-128,137-140,181-184.

 Marks, J. (2002) What is molecular anthropology? What can it be? Evolutionary Anthropology, 11:131-135.

 Marks, J. (2002) Contemporary bio-anthropology: Where the trailing edge of anthropology meets the leading edge of bioethics. Anthropology Today, 18(4):9-13.

 Marks, J. (2002) What It Means To Be 98% Chimpanzee. Berkeley: University of California Press. Now in Italian, Japanese, and Czech!

 Marks, J. (2002) Review of Darwinizing Culture: The Status of Memetics as a Science, edited by Robert Aunger. American Anthropologist, 104:341-342.

 Marks, J. (2002) Genes, bodies, and species. In: Physical Anthropology: Original Readings in Method and Practice, edited by Peter N. Peregrine, C. R. Ember and M. Ember. Englewood Cliffs, Prentice-Hall, pp. 14-28.

 Marks, J. (2002) Folk heredity. In: Race and Intelligence: Separating Science from Myth, ed. by J. Fish. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum, pp. 95-116.

 Marks, J. (2001) “We’re going to tell those people who they really are”: Science and relatedness. In: Relative Values: Reconfiguring Kinship Studies, ed. by S. Franklin and S. McKinnon. Chapel Hill, NC: Duke University Press, pp. 355-383.

 Shelton, B. L., and Marks, J. (2001) Genes and native identity. GeneWatch, 14(5):6-8.

 Marks, J. (2001) Scientific and folk ideas about heredity. In: The Human Genome Project and Minority Communities: Ethical, Social, and Political Dilemmas, ed. by R. Zilinskas and P. Balint. Westport, CT: Greenwood, pp. 53-66.

 Marks, J. (2001) Comment on Lieberman (How "Caucasoids" got such big crania and why they shrank: From Morton to Rushton). Current Anthropology, 42:83-84.

 Groce, N. E., and Marks, J. (2000) The Great Ape Project and disability rights: Ominous undercurrents of eugenics in action. American Anthropologist, 102:818-822.

 Marks, J. (2000) Review of Taboo by Jon Entine. Human Biology, 72:1074-1078.

 Marks, J. (2000) Sherwood Washburn 1911-2000. Evolutionary Anthropology, 9(6):225-226.

 Marks, J. (2000) Heredity and genetics after the Holocaust. In: Humanity at the Limit: The Impact of the Holocaust Experience on Christians and Jews, ed. by Michael Signer. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, pp.241-249.

 Marks, J. (2000) Ashley Montagu: 1905-1999. Evolutionary Anthropology, 9(3):111-112.

 Marks, J. (2000) Human biodiversity as a central theme of biological anthropology: Then and Now. In: Racial Anthropology: Retrospective on Carleton Coon's The Origin of Races (1962). Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers, Number 84, pp. 1-10.

 Marks, J. (2000) 98% Alike? (What Our Similarity to Apes Tells Us About Our Understanding of Genetics) The Chronicle of Higher Education, 12 May 2000, p. B7.

 Marks, J. (2000) A feckless quest for the basketball gene. The New York Times (Op-Ed), Saturday April 8, p. A27.

 Marks, J. (2000) Entries: Allele, Chromosome, DNA Hybridization, Gene, Genetics, Genome, Genotype, Immunological Distance, Mitochondrial Eve Theory, Molecular Anthropology, Molecular Clock, Non-Darwinian Evolution, Phenotype, Polytypic, Population, Race (Human). In: The Encyclopedia of Human Evolution and Prehistory, 2d ed., ed. by I. Tattersall, E. Delson, and J. Van Couvering. New York: Garland Press.

 Harry, D., and Marks, J. (1999) Human population genetics versus the HGDP (Comment on the paper by Resnick). Politics and the Life Sciences, September 1999: 303-305.

 Marks, J. (1998) How can we interject human evolution into more museums? The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 4, 1998, p. B9.

 Marks, J. (1998) Review of Demonic Males by Richard Wrangham and Dale Peterson, Human Biology, 70:143-146.

 Marks, J. (1997) Entries: Buffon, Buffon’s Natural History, Eugenics, Molecular Anthropology, Genetics (Mendelian), Genetic Drift, Hardy-Weinberg, Mutation. In: History of Physical Anthropology: An Encyclopedia, ed. by F. Spencer. New York: Garland Press.

 Marks, J. (1996) Science and race. American Behavioral Scientist, 40:123-133.

 Marks, J. (1996) The anthropology of science, Part II: Scientific norms and behaviors.
Evolutionary Anthropology, 5:75-80

 Marks, J. (1996) The anthropology of science, Part I: Science as a humanities.
Evolutionary Anthropology, 5:6-10.

 Marks, J. (1996) The legacy of serological studies in American physical anthropology.
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 18:345-362.

 Marks, J. (1995) Human Biodiversity: Genes, Race, and History. Aldine de Gruyter, New York.

 Godfrey, L., and Marks, J. (1991) The nature and origins of primate species. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology, 34:39-68.

 Marks, J. (1989) Genetic assimilation in the evolution of bipedalism. Human Evolution, 4:493-499.

Jonathan Marks
Department of Anthropology