The Hybrid Origin of “Modern” Humans

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Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Ackermann, Rebecca Rogers; Mackay, Alex; Arnold, Michael L.
Year of Publication: 2016
Journal: Evolutionary Biology
Volume: 43
Issue: 1
Pagination: 1 - 11
Date Published: 2016//
Publication Language: eng
ISBN Number: 1934-2845

Recent genomic research has shown that hybridization between substantially diverged lineages is the rule, not the exception, in human evolution. However, the importance of hybridization in shaping the genotype and phenotype of Homo sapiens remains debated. Here we argue that current evidence for hybridization in human evolution suggests not only that it was important, but that it was an essential creative force in the emergence of our variable, adaptable species. We then extend this argument to a reappraisal of the archaeological record, proposing that the exchange of cultural information between divergent groups may have facilitated the emergence of cultural innovation. We discuss the implications of this Divergence and Hybridization Model for considering the taxonomy of our lineage.

Short Title: Evolutionary Biology