Rewriting The Book on Human Evolution

"More and more, experts involved in the study of human ancestry are realizing that their theroies are much too simple"

Barbara Berard

Calgary, Alberta

On the issue of how modern man, Homo sapiens, arose simultaneously in widely separated parts of the world ((SCIENCE, March 13)), it seems obvious that early Homo erectus was actually present-day Homo sapiens all along. Maybe the former wasn't very smart or attractive by today's standards, but we wouldn't be very pretty either if we spent our whole life without a bath or a haircut, lived on the ground, never wore clothes and didn't have health care.

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