Re: 30,000 year old Homo erectus

James Howard (
Fri, 20 Dec 1996 23:28:21 GMT (Susan S. Chin) wrote:

>: 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.

James Howard responds:
There is another explanation of these findings. Please read my post "H. sapiens
& H. erectus together in Java," of December 18th.