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? asked in Social ScienceAnthropology · 9 years ago

Is this human teeth that they found or neanderthal?

http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-12-29/news/2634918... Is it human teeth or neanderthal teeth?

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  • 9 years ago
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    It predates both. It should be assumed to be Homo heidelbergensis. That is the presumptive ancestor of both modern humans and Neanderthals.

  • 9 years ago

    400,000 years ago there were several human species on the 3 old continents.

    Archaic sapiens and Neanderthals were still in the process of splitting. European (Homo Heidelbergensis) and African (Homo rhodesiensis ?) populations, both evolved from H. antecessor were still quite similar. Both could have been in Middle-East at this time, so could late Asian H. erectus.

    The teeth obviously didn't belong to H. erectus, but Israelis suggest they would be of the sapiens side, while others find more similarities with H. Heidelbergensis a Neanderthal ancestor, but close to sapiens/Neanderthal common ancestor.

    Humans of all species were already travelers, and Im not sure we'll have a definitive answer one day

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