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Unformatted text preview: The Muddle in the Middle: Archaic Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals Lecture 11 The Ultimate Cave Men Archaic Homo sapiens and especially Neanderthals have long been portrayed in the popular media as slow, lumbering, stupid, hairy, cave dwellers. This is based more on our own fears and prejudices rather than scientific data. Neanderthal? Scientifically Accurate? Dinosaur Fighters? 1950s America Sexy Cave Chicks (1960s) Evil Sex Fiends? Rock Star Caveman Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer Klingons=Neanderthals? Encino Man Just Like Us Only More Hairy? Evolutionary Notes The evolutionary dynamics leading from Homo erectus (or closely related species) to modern Homo sapiens is very complicated and poorly understood. There is much disagreement among scientists concerning hominid evolution during this period. Archaic Homo sapiens Starting sometime between 800,000-500,000 years ago (in the middle Pleistocene) fossils begin appearing that have traits of both Homo erectus ( ergaster ) and later Homo species. These hominids are often lumped under the term Archaic Homo sapiens (or advanced Homo erectus ). May be more than one species. Despite their names, these species are likely not Homo sapiens . Notes on Archaic Homo sapiens 2 Not necessarily ancestral to later modern Homo sapiens....
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2012 for the course ANTH 2 taught by Professor A during the Spring '08 term at Irvine Valley College.

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