Survival of the Generalist

Using the textbook Anthropology: What does it mean to be human? for Intro to Anthropology 2021 after reading the first part of chapter 4 on bipedalism and stone tools, we finish the chapter by talking about Homo erectus through Homo sapiens and how they represent the “survival of the generalist.”

We then went on to the second unit with a chapter on human variation and race.

For the many interested in Neandertals, see the March 2021 Ten Things Archaeology Tells Us about Neanderthals.



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