Humanity's Origin Story Just Got More Complicated

Humanity’s Origin Story Just Got More Complicated

by George Dvorsky, Gizmodo

Human evolution was messy, with multiple human species living and interbreeding at the same time, in a convoluted process that eventually led to us. Such is the emerging narrative in anthropology, and it’s a theory now bolstered by three fascinating new studies released today.

Not too long ago, anthropology and archaeology students were told that modern humans, formally known as Homo sapiens, could trace their evolutionary origins back in time by following a tidy, linear chain of ancestral species. Much of this thinking had to do with the paltry amount of available paleontological and archaeological evidence, but it also had to do with simplistic and biased views of biology, in which human evolution was equated with a steady march of progress.

Scientists who study human evolution don’t think like this anymore. Our origin story is turning out to be more complicated—and far more fascinating—than these now-antiquated narratives.

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