Chris Stringer has worked at The Natural History Museum London since 1973, and is now Research Leader in Human Origins and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He has excavated at sites in Britain and abroad, and is currently leading the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project.
The status of Homo heidelbergensis (Schoetensack 1908)
Article first published online: 20 JUN 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews
Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 101–107, May/June 2012
How to Cite
Stringer, C. (2012), The status of Homo heidelbergensis (Schoetensack 1908). Evol. Anthropol., 21: 101–107. doi: 10.1002/evan.21311
- Issue published online: 20 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 20 JUN 2012
The species Homo heidelbergensis is central to many discussions about recent human evolution. For some workers, it was the last common ancestor for the subsequent species Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis; others regard it as only a European form, giving rise to the Neanderthals. Following the impact of recent genomic studies indicating hybridization between modern humans and both Neanderthals and “Denisovans”, the status of these as separate taxa is now under discussion. Accordingly, clarifying the status of Homo heidelbergensis is fundamental to the debate about modern human origins. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.