Born and raised in the mountains of East Tennessee, I'm still trying to find a hill in central Illinois.
Dr. Fred H. Smith has worked on Neanderthal and early modern human fossil material for almost 50 years. His is particularly focused on the role of Neanderthals in the emergence of modern humans in western Eurasia. His publications number 7 books, over 200 professional articles, and numerous abstracts, notes and reviews. His 1984 book, The Origin of Modern Humans, was named best book in the life sciences that year by the American Association of Publishers, and his newest book , The Origins of Modern Humans. Biology Reconsidered (with James Ahern), was published in 2013 by Wiley-Blackwell. Smith has carried out field and laboratory research in Europe, West Asia and Africa and has taught at the Universities of Hamburg and Tuebingen (Germany) and Zagreb (Croatia)