Origins of Anatomically Modern Humans

  • Matthew H. Nitecki
  • Doris V. Nitecki

Part of the Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology book series (IDCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Richard G. Klein
      Pages 3-17
  3. What Are Modern Humans?

  4. African Center of Origin

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-134
    2. Rebecca L. Cann, Olga Rickards, J. Koji Lum
      Pages 135-148
    3. Christopher B. Stringer
      Pages 149-172
  5. Multiregional Hypothesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-174
    2. Milford H. Wolpoff, Alan G. Thorne, Fred H. Smith, David W. Frayer, Geoffrey G. Pope
      Pages 175-199
  6. Synopsis and Prospectus

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 321-341

About this book


This volume is based on the Field Museum of Natural History Spring System­ atics Symposium held in Chicago on May 11, 1991. The financial support of Ray and Jean Auel and of the Field Museum is gratefully acknowledged. When we teach or write, we present only those elements that support our arguments. We avoid all weak points of our debate and all the uncer­ tainties of our models. Thus, we offer hypotheses as facts. Multiauthored books like ours, which simultaneously advocate and question diverse views, avoid the pitfalls and lessen the impact of indoctrination. In this volume we analyze the anthropological and biological disagreements and the positions taken on the origins of modern humans, point out difficultieswith the inter­ pretations, and suggest that the concept of the human origin can be explained only when we first attempt to define Homo sapiens sapiens. One of the major controversies in physical anthropology concerns the geographic origin of anatomically modern humans. It is undisputed, due to the extensive research of the Leakeys and their colleagues, that the family Hominidae originated in Africa, but the geographic origin of Homo sapiens sapiens is less concretely accepted. Two schools of thought existon this topic.


Archaic period in North America Evolution Homo sapiens hominid ice age late pleistocene paleolithic pleistocene

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthew H. Nitecki
    • 1
  • Doris V. Nitecki
    • 1
  1. 1.Field Museum of Natural HistoryChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-1509-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1507-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2722
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