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The Origin of Modern Humans

Sally McBrearty
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New Series, Vol. 25, No. 1 (Mar., 1990), pp. 129-143
DOI: 10.2307/2804113
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2804113
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The Origin of Modern Humans
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Abstract

Recent fossil finds and new information from the field of molecular genetics have led to a reassessment of the question of the origin of modern human beings. Modern human fossils dating to approximately 100,000 years ago have been found both in Africa and in the Near East, but the genetic evidence favours Africa as teh probable source of modern Homo sapiens. This hypothesis has profound implications for evaluating the status of the Neanderthals, for reconstructing the behavior and phylogenetic relationships of early modern humans and their ancestors, and for interpreting the worldwide Later Pleistocene archaeological record.

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