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Christopher Stapleton ANTH 2100-303 Human Evolution Human Evolution is one of the most widely discussed topics in science today. There are many different beliefs that go along with this theory. Our closest ancestors to modern Homo sapiens are homo eanderthalensis. When the Neanderthals were first discovered it was giving a bad reputation. It was believed to have been what we know as a caveman today. “A stupid, grunting, hairy, thick- skulled parody of graceful modern humanity has stuck in the public consciousness,” says author of Economics and human evolution (Unknown 1). In reality studies have shown “Neanderthals were probably about as smart as modern humans, and also capable of speech. If they were hairy, strong and tough—which they were—that was an appropriate adaptation to the ice-age conditions in which they lived” (Unknown 1). “Modern humans have only been around for 100,000 years or so and moved into colder, temperate regions only the past 40,000 years, where Neanderthals were in some of the harshest climates in the history of the Earth” (Alper 142).
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