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Investigation into the presence of purported lineage continuity in Australasia

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2002
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The debate concerning the appearance of modern humans is currently divided into proponents for Multiregional continuity and advocates for a Replacement of all archaic hominin populations by a single, African source. Australasia has been touted as the test evidence for continuity. Utilizing a review of the purported morphological basis of this continuity, it is clear that the proposed unique Australasian features are primitive retentions from Homo erectus. However, African-derived modern humans lack these traits. Consequently, the only group from where these features could be acquired is Indonesian Homo erectus. Henceforth, there appears to be a combination of a discrete African origin for the modern Homo sapiens morphology and limited interbreeding that generates the archaic features present in modern human fossil specimens from Australia. It would seems probable that the interactions of Homo sapiens and Homo erectus in Indonesia may have paralleled those of modern humans and the Neanderthals in Europe.
Title: Investigation into the presence of purported lineage continuity in Australasia.
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Name(s): Ferdinando, Peter.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Broadfield, Douglas C., Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2002
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 127 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The debate concerning the appearance of modern humans is currently divided into proponents for Multiregional continuity and advocates for a Replacement of all archaic hominin populations by a single, African source. Australasia has been touted as the test evidence for continuity. Utilizing a review of the purported morphological basis of this continuity, it is clear that the proposed unique Australasian features are primitive retentions from Homo erectus. However, African-derived modern humans lack these traits. Consequently, the only group from where these features could be acquired is Indonesian Homo erectus. Henceforth, there appears to be a combination of a discrete African origin for the modern Homo sapiens morphology and limited interbreeding that generates the archaic features present in modern human fossil specimens from Australia. It would seems probable that the interactions of Homo sapiens and Homo erectus in Indonesia may have paralleled those of modern humans and the Neanderthals in Europe.
Identifier: 9780493772714 (isbn), 12915 (digitool), FADT12915 (IID), fau:9789 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2002.
Subject(s): Human beings--Origin.
Human evolution--Australasia.
Homo erectus--Indonesia.
Fossil hominids.
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