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By Rudolf Botha, Chris Knight

This e-book is the 1st to target the African origins of human language. It explores the origins of language and tradition 250,000-150,000 years in the past while glossy people advanced in Africa. students from around the globe tackle the fossil, genetic, and archaeological facts and seriously learn the methods it's been interpreted. The booklet additionally considers parellel advancements between Europe's Neanderthals and the contrasting results for the 2 species. Following an in depth advent contextualizing and linking the book's subject matters and techniques, fifteen chapters assemble a few of the most important contemporary findings and advancements in sleek human origins learn. The fields represented by means of the authors comprise genetics, biology, behavioural ecology, linguistics, archaeology, cognitive technology, and anthropology.

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The process that produced our species in Africa must have granted it a number of advantages—syntactical language, advanced cognition, symbolic thinking—that favored its spread throughout the world, determined its eventual evolutionary success, and led to the extinction of pre-modern human populations with little or no biological contribution and, if any, little and unbalanced cultural interaction. Underlying the Out of Africa model for the origin of modern behavior is the view, well exempliWed by the famous McBrearty and Brooks graph (2000: 530), that the emergence of each of these new features marked a deWnite and settled threshold in the history of mankind and that the accumulation of these innovations contributed, as with genetic mutations, to create human societies increasingly diVerent from those of their nonmodern contemporary counterparts.

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5 m thick stratigraphic sequence with Wve principal units (A, BþC, D, E, and F), each of which is bracketed by a signiWcant shift in sediment type (Bouzouggar et al. 2007). Middle Paleolithic occupation horizons have been recorded in units C–F. Unit E is characterized by Middle Paleolithic tools such as side scrapers and small radial Levallois cores, and a few thin, bifacially worked foliate points. Thirteen Nassarius gibbosulus shells (Plate 1) have been recovered from this unit, the majority (n¼11) coming from contiguous squares covering an area of 6 m2.

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