Real Eve Reaction

Topics: Human, Kenya, Africa Pages: 2 (466 words) Published: July 16, 2011
We were asked in our Archaeology class to watch two documentaries, one is “In Search of the Origins” and the other is “The Real Eve”. “In Search of the Origins” by Don Johanson discusses the discoveries of the fossils of Lucy, a Homo sapiens from Hadar, Ethiopia, the Laetoli footprints in Tanzania, and the fossils and other artifacts of Zinjanthropus boisei from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, Homo habilis also from Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania and Homo erectus in Turkana, Kenya. While “The Real Eve” discusses how mitochondrial DNA was used as an evidence to know who are real ancestors are. Only to find out that the modern humans are said to have first occupied East Africa. It is very interesting to know how modern humans have evolved from the past. But these two documentaries have a contradiction. Richard Leakey’s research, as described in the “In Search of the Origins” says that Homo erectus’ artifacts found in Turkana, Kenya tells us that Homo erectus were the inventors of fire and they have been able to travel from Africa and expanded their population to different parts of the world. And they later evolved from Homo erectus to Homo sapiens to Homo sapiens sapiens from those places under different circumstances in order to adapt to that place or region. So in other words, he is saying that modern humans’ ancestors are the Homo erectus. While “The Real Eve” argues that Homo sapiens occupied Africa in the past and they only travelled to other parts of the world later on. If I were to choose between the two arguments, I would choose the second one from “The Real Eve”. I was actually thinking that probably Homo sapiens were really from Africa and they just soon travelled. Maybe the first argument is partially right that Homo erectus were really able to travel to different parts of the world but I was also thinking that they also soon became extinct because there are lots of natural calamities that might happened in the past. Probably you would ask me how about the Homo...
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