Homo Sapiens Essay - Kyle Goro October 25, 2006 The Origins...

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Kyle Goro October 25, 2006 The Origins of Homo Sapiens Sapiens “Understanding the transition from archaic populations of Homo sapiens to the anatomically modern form, H. s. sapiens , is arguably the highest priority on anthropological research on the later Pleistocene (Stiner 1993:55).” This is cause for considerable debate over the origin of our species, Homo sapiens sapiens. The origin of modern Homo sapiens is not yet resolved. Two major scenarios have been proposed. The difference between the two is basic, but very influential on the meanings behind prehistory studies. The question at hand is weather all modern humans evolved in parallel from earlier populations in Africa, Europe and Asia, or an isolated population of early humans evolved into modern Homo sapiens , and this population succeeded in spreading across Africa, Europe and Asia. Putting this question to rest will bring us one step closer to achieving the ultimate goal of anthropology, According to Harris (1989:2), to “adopt a broad view of the totality of human experience, … tear off the blinders put on up by our
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course PREHISTORY 101 taught by Professor Enloe during the Fall '07 term at University of Iowa.

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Homo Sapiens Essay - Kyle Goro October 25, 2006 The Origins...

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