Defining the genus Homo

  title={Defining the genus Homo},
  author={J. Schwartz and I. Tattersall},
  pages={931 - 932}
  • J. Schwartz, I. Tattersall
  • Published 2015
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Early hominin species were as diverse as other mammals Almost 300 years ago, Linnaeus defined our genus Homo (and its species Homo sapiens) with the noncommittal words nosce te ipsum (know thyself) (1). Since then, fossil and molecular biology studies have provided insights into its evolution, yet the boundaries of both the species and the genus remain as fuzzy as ever, new fossils having been rather haphazardly assigned to species of Homo, with minimal attention to details of morphology. 
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