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Unformatted text preview: , using only those remains that had not been
buried. But we got similar results. The conclusion was inescapable: adult survivorship soared very late in human evolution.
B iology or Culture? now that lee and i had established that the number of potential
grandparents surged at some point in the evolution of anatomically modern humans, we had another question on our hands: What
was it that brought about this change? There were two possibilities. Either longevity was one of the constellations of genetically
controlled traits that biologically distinguished anatomically modern humans from their predecessors, or it did not come along with
the emergence of modern anatomy and was instead the result of a
later shift in behavior. Anatomically modern humans did not
burst onto the evolutionary scene making the art and advanced
weaponry that define Upper Paleolithic culture. They originated
long before those Upper Paleolithic Europeans, more than 100,000
years ago, and for most of that time they and their anatomically consequences A marked increase in adult survivorship starting around 30,000 years ago in Europe may account for the dramatic cultural shift
that ensued there as the comparatively simple technology of the Middle Paleolithic gave way to the sophis...
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2013 for the course ANTH 101 taught by Professor Roseman during the Spring '12 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.
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