By Takeru Akazawa, Kenichi Aoki, Ofer Bar-Yosef
During this attention-grabbing quantity, the center Paleolithic archaeology of the center East is delivered to the present debate at the origins of sleek people. those gathered papers assemble the main up to date archaeological discoveries of Western Asia - a zone that's usually overshadowed through African or eu findings - however the merely quarter on this planet the place either Neandertal and early smooth human fossils were chanced on. the gathering comprises studies on such good recognized cave websites as Kebara, Hayonim, and Qafzeh, between others. The details and interpretations to be had listed here are a needs to for any severe researcher or scholar of anthropology or human evolution.
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1984). The more ancient Mauer mandible is seen by some workers as showing characters which anticipate those of the Neandertals, while some workers have hinted that even the early Gran Dolina sample from Atapuerca shows such characters (Carbonell et al. 1995). However, as indicated above, recognition of a Neandertal clade stretching back to the early Middle Pleistocene would imply that the modern human clade must be of similarly great antiquity. But where are the correspondingly early members of the Homo sapiens clade?
1989) and TL dates on burnt flints of about 120 ka (Mercier et al. 1993). Recent work raises the possibility that the site has a more complex depositional history, covering quite a wide time range (McDermott et al. 1993). Corruccini (1992, 1993) has reemphasized the morphological variation in the Skhul sample, arguing that specimens such as Skhul 4 and 9 are markedly more Neandertal-like and less “modern” than the betterknown Skhul 5. There may be some validity in this view, at least for Skhul 9, provided we substitute “archaic” for Neandertal-like, for it is possible that this specimen is the earliest of the Skhul burials, and perhaps (allowing for the uncertainties about the age of the Tabun skeleton and the range of the Qafzeh age estimates) the oldest known of all intentional burials.
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Anthropology Neanderthals and Modern Humans in Western Asia by Takeru Akazawa, Kenichi Aoki, Ofer Bar-Yosef