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Unformatted text preview: beyond 30 in the recent past. Yet the man populations. But a few years ago, before we hit on this
Krapina Neandertals are not unique among early humans. The technique, Sang-Hee Lee of the University of California, Riverfew other human fossil localities with large numbers of individ- side, and I were ready to start looking for evidence of changes
uals preserved, such as the approximately 600,000-year-old in longevity over the course of human evolution. We turned to
Sima de los Huesos site in Atapuerca, Spain, show similar pat- the best approach available at the time: wear-based seriation.
We faced a daunting challenge, though. Most human fossils
terns. The Sima de los Huesos people had very high levels of juvenile and young adult mortality, with no one surviving past 35 do not come from sites, such as Krapina, that preserve so many
and very few living even that long. It is possible that cata- individuals that the remains can be considered reflective of their
strophic events or the particular conditions under...
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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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