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June 11, 2003

The First Moderns

Skulls Offer First Glimpse of Early Human Faces. The short of it is that these skulls seem to indicate that anatomically modern humans existed in Africa before the climax of the Neandertals in Europe, pointing to the Out-Of-Africa thesis. The important point is that Chris Stringer, one of the earliest proponents of Out-Of-Africa, always asserted that the fossils supported him. Genetic methods and conclusions buttressed his position and eventually stole the spotlight from the paleoanthropologists like Stringer, but now the fossils are coming into line. This isn't conclusive, but I doubt that anything can ever really be definitive and final in this field....

Posted by razib at 12:09 PM