Re: archaic Homo sapiens

Bearcat (
Sat, 30 Sep 1995 16:56:57 GMT

Marius Loots ( wrote:

: > We are dealing with two *different* species, Homo erectus and
: >Homo
: >sapiens. It is a bit rare,especially in the animal kingdom, for two
: >different species to have progeny eventhough they can have sex. Please
: >don`t bring up the mule!

: Homo erectus gave rise to Homo sapiens.
: At what point do you draw the line between the two?

: Because if you say that no interbreeding could have taken place between the
: two species, you must have point where the offspring would not be able to
: have viable offspring with the previous generation.

speciation generally indicates a long period of isolation, wherein
the separate groups evolve differently. your image of quantitative
change leading to qualitative change doesn't happen between generations,
but between populations, separated by time and distance.

- bearcat