1: The Nineteenth-Century Background.- The theory of evolution and the position of Man.- The interpretation of human fossils.- The role of palaeontology and anthropology.- 2: The Road to Trinil.- Eijsden and Roermond.- Amsterdam.- To the Dutch East Indies.- Sumatra.- Java.- 3: Pithecanthropus Erectus.- The discovery.- The description.- The construction of a missing link.- 4: The Debate.- Criticism.- Dubois' reply.- Rejoinder.- From Pithecanthropus to an evolutionary paleoanthropology.- Epilogue.- 5: Cephalisation, Pithecanthropus, and Evolution.- The theory of cephalisation.- Cephalisation and Pithecanthropus.- Pithecanthropus and Sinanthropus.- Idealist and pioneer.- Sources.- Manuscript sources.- Publications by Dubois.- Literature.- List of illustrations.
`Eugene Dubois and the Ape-Man from Java does not tell us everything we might want to know about its subjects, but it does place them in clear historical perspective and correct misinformation about them that has been around for a long time. Its contribution to the historiography of anthropology is overdue.'
Paul A. Erickson.
`I found this book an interesting and fascinating study of one of the earliest personalities in human evolution studies ... I would strongly recommend it to anyone interested in human evolution.'