The cultural significance of modern human morphology
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The dominant opinion in paleoanthropology maintains that 'modern' behavior resulted from innovations made by anatomically modern humans without the development of this behavior in archaic hominin groups. To a large degree, the archaeological record supports this dogma since much of the evidence for 'modern' behavior is found associated with anatomically modern human fossils. However, other evidence is surfacing that suggests 'modern' behaviors to be associated with other hominin groups independently of modern humans. Through a comparative analysis of 15 Pleistocene Neanderthal and modern human ...