Re: 30,000 year old Homo erectus

Susan S. Chin (
Sun, 15 Dec 1996 17:05:30 GMT

T&B Schmal ( wrote:
: Perhaps the reason no one has commented is that no one has previously
: staked their reputations on a position that the new finding would
: support. Therefore it is useless.

: Tom

Wooops, sorry. I pressed the "post" button too soon, so my previous
message should not have posted in the form it appears. Wanted to comment
on what Tom said above. My understanding of these new recent dates
for some 12 Java Homo erectus specimens (found at TWO sites, not 12 as I
had previously stated) is that they support the Out of Africa Hypothesis
more so than the Multi-Regionalists, at least in this part of Southeast
Asia. And that this linear model of Homo erectus ---> Homo sapiens will
need re-assessment. Obviously no one knew or ever suspected Homo erectus
was or could still have been around as recent as 30,000yrs ago. Of course,
those advocating the Multi-Regionalist Hypothesis such as Wolpoff are
quoted as saying these new finds are really Homo sapiens, not erectus.
Okay.... defining your fossil taxa to fit your theories. Gee, what a novel

For the record... I'm keeping an open mind about this one. It's way too
soon to say it is or isn't going to hold up (the dating of the finds).