Early modern humans
Trinkaus, Erik Department of Anthropology, Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri.
Last reviewed:December 2020
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The earliest representatives of people anatomically similar to living humans that evolved from more archaic humans approximately 150,000–300,000 years ago. The general process by which early modern humans (Homo sapiens) emerged from late archaic humans and eventually replaced them is gradually emerging. They evolved locally from preceding archaic humans in eastern Africa. Over the succeeding 50,000 years, their range expanded and contracted modestly with changing global climatic cycles to include, at times, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia and portions of northeastern Africa. Early modern humans and their biology and way of life, therefore, initially had little advantage over late archaic humans. See also: Anthropology; Fossil humans
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