The Neanderthal In (and On) Steve Colbert

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We sapiens weren’t always the only Homos. Not long ago we shared it with Neanderthals, Denisovans, even hobbits, it seems, and perhaps others, most of whom were technically humans, which is to say, Homos.

So how did we end up being solo Homo? Did we outlast, outsmart, or outcompete the others, or just luck out? This question, which happens to be one of the hottest and most vital in anthropology, is the subject of a new book, Lone Survivors, by paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer, who heads the human evolution group at the British Museum of Natural History. Somehow, rather incredibly, he manages to deliver a fairly concise overview of this subject during a typically entertaining but distracting barrage of questions from Steven Colbert. Take it in, and if you want more, go fetch the book.

See also:

Chris Stringer on the Origins and Rise of Modern Humans

Chris Stringer – The Colbert Report