9 November 2008

modern human origin

Posted by Mirth under: articles / artikel; paleoanthropology .

Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2002 April 29; 357(1420): 563–579. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2001.1057.Modern human origins: progress and prospects.

Chris Stringer

Department of Palaeontology, The Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD, UK. c.stringer@nhm.ac.ukThis article has been cited by other articles in PMC.


The question of the mode of origin of modern humans (Homo sapiens) has dominated palaeoanthropological debate over the last decade. This review discusses the main models proposed to explain modern human origins, and examines relevant fossil evidence from Eurasia, Africa and Australasia. Archaeological and genetic data are also discussed, as well as problems with the concept of ‘modernity’ itself. It is concluded that a recent African origin can be supported for H. sapiens, morphologically, behaviourally and genetically, but that more evidence will be needed, both from Africa and elsewhere, before an absolute African origin for our species and its behavioural characteristics can be established and explained.

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