Knowing ourselves

  title={Knowing ourselves},
  author={Sue Briggs and Karen McArdle},
  journal={Nature Ecology \& Evolution},
In the 150 years since the discovery of human fossils at Cro-Magnon, archaeologists and palaeoanthropologists have grappled with the questions of how to recognize our species in the fossil record, and what we should call ourselves. 



The past is the key to the present?

Precambrian of the Southern Hemisphere. Developments in Precambrian Geology, 2.Edited by D.R. Hunter. Pp.882. ISBN 0-444-41862-8. (Elsevier Scientific: 1981.) $170.75, Dfl 350.

The origin and evolution of Homo sapiens

  • C. Stringer
  • Geography, Environmental Science
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • 2016
It is argued that human fossils such as those from Jebel Irhoud, Florisbad, Eliye Springs and Omo Kibish 2 do represent early members of the species, but variation across the African later middle Pleistocene/early Middle Stone Age fossils shows that there was not a simple linear progression towards later sapiens morphology, and there was chronological overlap between different ‘archaic’ and ‘modern’ morphs.

The Oxford companion to archaeology

When we think of archaeology, most of us think first of its many spectacular finds: the legendary city of Troy, Tutankhamun's golden tomb, the three-million-year-old footprints at Laetoli, the

The age of the hominin fossils from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, and the origins of the Middle Stone Age

The ages of fire-heated flint artefacts obtained from new excavations at the Middle Stone Age site of Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, which are directly associated with newly discovered remains of H. sapiens are reported, suggest a larger scale, potentially pan-African, origin for both.

The Human Revolution: Behavioural and Biological Perspectives on the Origins of Modern Humans

No other work provides such an exhaustive and wide-ranging account of modern human origins on a world-wide scale and is the only book which integrates the remarkable new genetic evidence with the more conventional approaches of archaeologists and anthropologists.

The revolution that wasn't: a new interpretation of the origin of modern human behavior.

The African Middle and early Late Pleistocene hominid fossil record is fairly continuous and in it can be recognized a number of probably distinct species that provide plausible ancestors for H. sapiens, and suggests a gradual assembling of the package of modern human behaviors in Africa, and its later export to other regions of the Old World.

Nature ecology & evolutioN |

  • Trends Ecol. Evol
  • 2018

Nature ecology & evolutioN | editorial

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  • 2002