On the Number of Ancestral Human Species
Published Online: 14 MAR 2008
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Curnoe, D. 2008. On the Number of Ancestral Human Species. eLS. .
- Published Online: 14 MAR 2008
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The number of species within the human evolutionary tree remains a major point of debate. Genomic distances for living humans and other apes may be used to estimate hominin diversity and therefore to set boundaries for palaeontological scenarios. A minimum of five species is recognizable but scenarios involving much higher estimates of diversity cannot be ruled out.
- hominin evolution;