Neanderthals and Homo sapiens - Anthropology 116

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Anthropology 116 – Neanderthals and Homo sapiens Where did modern humans originate? o Fossil record is ambiguous but suggest that they came out of Africa o No evidence of hominids in Australia or New World until recently o Other methods include the examination of genetic differences in extant populations in order to calculate the time of divergence o How do you maintain high fertility while roaming the earth? Something has to be able to alleviate that burden o Multiregional Hypothesis Modern Homo sapiens evolved simultaneously from Homo erectus populations in Africa and Asia Significant gene flow between Homo erectus and archaic Homo populations maintained viability and simultaneous evolution No evidence of this – only the fossil record Archaic Homo – very early homo sapiens forms that exhibit huge ranges of variability Long time span – could happen over millions of years Predictions Transitional fossils should be widespread Modern regional characters of high antiquity at peripheries No consistent temporal pattern of appearance of Homo sapiens Evidence The fossil record Some transition Neanderthal from in Europe
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2012 for the course ANTH 1312 taught by Professor Agwuele during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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