Re: Polycentric or Rapid-Placement?

26 May 1995 12:40:52 GMT

Erin Miller ( wrote:
: In article <3q16rn$2l@muss.CIS.McMaster.CA>,
: I. Khalil <u9114423@muss.cis.McMaster.CA> wrote:
: >I was wondering which model of the origin of modern humans is more accepted
: >these days: the multiregional/polycentric (many H.habilis) or the
: >rapid-placement (H.habilis-African) model.

More or less cladistically, H. sapiens seems now to be descended from the
East African H. erectus, since the Asian H. erectus has a number of
autapomorphic character states that the African population (OH9, OH12,
KNM-ER 15000, etc.) lacks.

: Which is better, Coke or Pepsi?

It depends on your mental state. Coke is more suitable if you're looking
for something familiar; while Pepsi is more appropriate if you've had
frontal cortex damage and crave novelty. (Dan Levine/UTexas actually did
a study...)

: There is about as much agreement on that as to your question.

: -erin

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: Erin Miller
: University of Chicago / Anthropology Department /

Harry Erwin
PhD student in comp neurosci: "Glitches happen" & "Meaning is emotional"