The Emergence of <i>Homo</i> Sapiens Sapiens

William Davies

in The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199271016
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 The Emergence of Homo Sapiens Sapiens

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This article examines the emergence of Homo sapiens sapiens or anatomically modern humans (AMH) primarily from the archaeological perspective. It analyses the emergence of anatomical and behavioural modernity of humans based on evidence from Africa, Europe, and the Near East. It explains that the trait lists of behavioural modernity have commonly emphasized the importance of symbolic behaviour and the use of complex spoken language in the ultimate success of our species and suggests that the spatio-temporal coherence of the regional archaeological records should be used to encourage caution or confidence in our pronouncements on the development of behavioural modernity.

Keywords: Homo sapiens sapiens; modern humans; behavioural modernity; Africa; Europe; Near East; symbolic behaviour; spoken language; spatio-temporal coherence; archaeological records

Article.  16345 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Historical Archaeology

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