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The Nature of Humanness at Longgushan: Brain, Language, Fire, and Cannibalism

Noel T. Boaz and Russell L. Ciochon

in Dragon Bone Hill

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195152913
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790036 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152913.003.0007
 The Nature of Humanness at Longgushan: Brain, Language, Fire, and Cannibalism

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The bones of anatomically modern Homo sapiens from the Upper Cave at Longgushan appeared to display evidence for a presumed descendant of Homo erectus, and archaeology provided further evidence of behavioral evolution — advanced humanlike behavior, tools, and fire — in Homo erectus. However, there are other behaviors that have been difficult to interpret and controversial as regards the humanness of Homo erectus. This chapter examines data which analyzes whether the species could communicate by spoken language and whether it was cannibalistic.

Keywords: Homo erectus; cannibalism; speech; language; Longgushan; dexterity

Chapter.  5905 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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