By Rudolf Botha, Chris Knight

ISBN-10: 0199545855

ISBN-13: 9780199545858

This publication is the 1st to target the African origins of human language. It explores the origins of language and tradition 250,000-150,000 years in the past while smooth people advanced in Africa. students from worldwide handle the fossil, genetic, and archaeological proof and seriously research the methods it's been interpreted. The booklet additionally considers parellel advancements between Europe's Neanderthals and the contrasting results for the 2 species. Following an in depth advent contextualizing and linking the book's issues and methods, fifteen chapters compile a number of the most important fresh findings and advancements in smooth human origins study. The fields represented by means of the authors contain genetics, biology, behavioural ecology, linguistics, archaeology, cognitive technological know-how, and anthropology.

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Earliest personal ornaments and their signiWcance 17 Present-day variation in mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome suggests our species comes from Africa (Cavalli-Sforza et al. 1994; Barbujani 2003; Templeton 1993; Ingman et al. 2000; Forster 2004). The process that produced our species in Africa must have granted it a number of advantages—syntactical language, advanced cognition, symbolic thinking—that favored its spread throughout the world, determined its eventual evolutionary success, and led to the extinction of pre-modern human populations with little or no biological contribution and, if any, little and unbalanced cultural interaction.

And one other marine bivalve) are reported from layers that have yielded lithic assemblages similar to those found at Uc¸agizli (Kuhn et al. 2001) and are stratigraphically situated between layers dated to 43,750+1,500 BP and 32 ky BP. As in Europe, the authorship of this transitional industry is uncertain. The cast of a lost infant skull from the Ahmarian layers of the Ksar’Akil site bears modern features. The dating and archeological context of these remains, however, is uncertain (Bergman and Stringer 1989).

Power’s Female Cosmetic Coalitions (FCC) model meets this criterion, generating predictions that can be tested 14 Knight against data from the archeological, fossil, and ethnographic records. The main problem for the model is to diVerentiate between Neanderthal and modern human strategies; the chapter concludes with a brief discussion of one possible solution. Our Wnal contribution (Knight, Chapter 15) is one of many in the present volume to focus less on language per se than on the subsistence, reproductive, and alliance-forming strategies in the context of which it may have evolved.

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