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Dragon Bone HillAn Ice Age Saga of Homo erectus$
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Noel T. Boaz and Russell L. Ciochon

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195152913

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152913.001.0001

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The Nature of Humanness at Longgushan: Brain, Language, Fire, and Cannibalism

The Nature of Humanness at Longgushan: Brain, Language, Fire, and Cannibalism

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(p.124) CHAPTER 7 The Nature of Humanness at Longgushan: Brain, Language, Fire, and Cannibalism
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Dragon Bone Hill
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Noel T. Boaz

Russell L. Ciochon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152913.003.0007

The bones of anatomically modern Homo sapiens from the Upper Cave at Longgushan appeared to display evidence for a presumed descendant of Homo erectus, and archaeology provided further evidence of behavioral evolution — advanced humanlike behavior, tools, and fire — in Homo erectus. However, there are other behaviors that have been difficult to interpret and controversial as regards the humanness of Homo erectus. This chapter examines data which analyzes whether the species could communicate by spoken language and whether it was cannibalistic.

Keywords:   Homo erectus, cannibalism, speech, language, Longgushan, dexterity

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