Re: archaic Homo sapiens

JamShreeve (
13 Sep 1995 06:17:24 -0400

What you're overlooking is that according to the Out of Africa hypothesis,
it wasn't just Homo erectus that was replaced in Europe and Asia, but also
the resident forms of archaic Homo sapiens, of which Petralona is an early
example. The scenario would have it that an archaic population in Africa
evolved into modern humans well after Petralona was alive, around 300,000
years ago (if I remember right). So there isn't any conflict. That
doesn't mean that Out of Africa is the way it happened, of course: only
that Petralona does not refute that particular scenario.