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Why did Homo sapiens prevail over other species of the genus Homo?

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I’m reading again the early part of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind language was invented once, by Yuval Noah Harari, in which he talks about how several species of humans were living on the planet at the same time, including Homo erectus, who lasted 2 million years. How did Sapiens displace the other humans? I’m wondering if the invention of language was unique to Sapiens. There is an argument that language was invented only once, in Africa, and spread out from there.  And if it were Homo sapiens that invented language, that would provide a crushing (as it turns out) advantage over the other humans. Sapiens had the advantage of a medium in which memes could more readily propagate.

Written by LeisureGuy

8 August 2017 at 2:54 pm

Posted in Daily life, Memes, Science

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