Tributes to
J. Desmond Clark



I cannot claim to have known Desmond well at a personal level, as our meetings usually happened at conferences, going back over 25 years. But I feel I know him very well from his publications. One of the most important for me was his 1975 paper "Africa in prehistory: peripheral or paramount?", which I regard as one of the foundations of the model of modern human origins known as "Out of Africa". But important as that was, Desmond will be remembered for much much more, as these many tributes show. He was someone whose interests were both deep and wide, and who inspired so many others to share his excitement in studying our past.

-Chris Stringer, British Museum of Natural History.