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What Made Humans Modern?

Science  15 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5558, pp. 1219-1225
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5558.1219

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CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, AND CAMBRIDGE, U.K.-- Could our species have been born in a rapid burst of change? Researchers from different disciplines are trying to find out. A flurry of new evidence from three sources--fossils, art and artifacts, and genes--is forcing researchers to rethink just what traits mark the origin of our species and how and when these traits appeared.