The Evolution of Human Behavior

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CHAPTER V
THE COMING OF MODERN MAN

WE come upon the first traces of Homo sapiens, or modern man, in the European record at the beginning of Upper Paleolithic times, or approximately 100,000 years ago. This does not mean that the new species originated at this relatively recent date, but merely that the first westward migratory wave did not reach Europe until this time. As we shall see, the sapiens stock arose in central Asia at a much earlier period, and gradually spread to other parts, becoming diversified into the great racial types. The late arrival of the species in Europe and in other regions far distant from the center of dispersion is not to be wondered at when the nature of the migratory movements of early man are properly understood. These movements were seldom if ever forced marches directed toward a definite objective. On the contrary, they represented the natural wanderings of groups of people into contiguous regions through a long series of generations. So long as a given territory provided primitive man with the simple necessities of life, he and his descendants remained within it. The occurrence of drought and famine and the lure of an easy food supply ahead were probably the chief motives leading to a forward movement. The pressure of other groups of migrants from behind and the natural wander-lust of the nomad may have been contributing factors also at times. In any case, the rate of movement was slow because of such natural barriers as large rivers

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The Evolution of Human Behavior
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Chapter I- Some Problems of Human Evolution 1
  • Chapter II- The Natural Kinship of Man and Animal 32
  • Chapter III- When Anthropoid Became Human 67
  • Chapter IV- Traces of Early Man 100
  • Chapter V- The Coming of Modern Man 135
  • Chapter VI- Race and Civilisation 177
  • Chapter VII- Present Trends in Evolution 213
  • Bibliography 235
  • Index 241
  • Index 243
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