Biological anthropologists place the initial emergence of our species, Homo sapiens, around 300,000 years ago. In this unit, students will learn about the evolution of our species and read about some of the many questions biological anthropologists are still asking about our ancestors.
Facchini, Fiorenzo. 2006. “Culture, Speciation, and the Genus Homo in Early Humans.” Human Evolution 21: 51–57.
Shea, John J. 2011. “Homo sapiens Is as Homo sapiens Was: Behavioral Variability Versus ‘Behavioral Modernity’ in Paleolithic Archaeology.” Current Anthropology 52 (1): 1–35.
Tryon, Christian, and Shara Bailey. 2013.“Testing Models of Modern Human Origins With Archaeology and Anatomy.” Nature Education Knowledge 4 (3): 4.
Article: SAPIENS’ “How Eating Rat Stew Serves Hobbit Research”
Article: SAPIENS’ “Were Neanderthals More Than Cousins to Homo Sapiens?”
TED Talk: Svante Pääbo’s “DNA Clues to Our Inner Neanderthal”
TED Talk: Robert Sapolsky’s “The Uniqueness of Humans”
Eshe Lewis (2020)