Re: 30,000 year old Homo erectus

Susan S. Chin (
Fri, 20 Dec 1996 15:56:02 GMT

: On Sun, 15 Dec 1996, Paul Kekai Manansala wrote:
: > I'm not sure how it supports the Out of Africa hypothesis...

Jane Andrews ( wrote:
: The late dating of the solo material can very easilly be interpreted in
: the same way as that of the neanderthals. Both the eauropean and asian
: archaic groups are contemporaneous with anatomically modern humans and so
: cannot be ancestoral to them. This indicates that at some point the
: archaic populations were replaced by the already evolved modern species.

: To be honest I don't understand how one could interpret the new dates as
: other than in support of replacement.

: Jane Andrews.

Exactly. If anything, the more recent dates for the Solo material may
indicate that this replacement occurred later in Java than in other parts
of the world... again, if the new dates hold up. Since Homo erectus in
other regions of Indonesia have been dated by the same researchers at
1.8mya, and if the multi-regionalists believed there was gene flow
between the two lineages... it would be hard to explain the retentions of
Homo erectus features as recent as 30,000 years ago.