Behavior: Out on a Limb

Sherwood L. Washburn, the University of California anthropologist, dismissed him as a "popularizer of data he does not understand." Dr. Stuart Altmann of the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center in Atlanta suggested that the chief value of his second book was to amend the errors of the first. After reading the same text, Edmund Leach, the British anthropologist, announced that it was "best left alone altogether." Despite such forthright professional judgments of his writings, Robert Ardrey, 61, the author of two anthropological bestsellers, African Genesis (1961) and The Territorial Imperative (1966), has...