Henry Salt Archive

Henry Salt (1853-1939) was the author of the Life of Henry David Thoreau, Animals Rights and A Plea for Vegetarianism which inspired Gandhi for follow a vegetarian diet.

Homo Rapiens

The Times, November 6, 1925

In view of the doubt as to the type to which the Leadenhall skull is to be referred, I venture to suggest that, by adopting a more scientific and inclusive nomenclature, we should avoid the somewhat invidious course of flattering the present "man in the street" with the name of Homo Sapiens, while the man under the street, who can hardly have been less sapient than some of his successors, is put off with neanderthalensis. The change, fortunately, need only be that of a single letter; and in Homo Rapiens we shall have a strictly accurate term, applicable alike to ancient and to modern man—to all, in fact, whose, habits are of a rapacious kind. I trust that this proposal will commend itself to anthropologists.

Henry S. Salt
19, Highdown Road, Brighton