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Jean-Jacques Hublin: "Homo sapiens has invaded the planet"

2022-01-13T13:16:52.873Z

INTERVIEW - The paleontologist tells how modern man has gained the upper hand over other human species with which he has cohabited for a long time.



Jean-Jacques Hublin is one of the greatest French paleontologists.

We owe him the discovery of the oldest fossil of

Homo sapiens

in Morocco at Jebel Irhoud, 300,000 years old and which, in 2017, upset the discipline.

In 2020, he also unearthed the oldest remains of

Homo sapiens

in Europe (dated 45,000 years ago) in the Bacho Kiro cave in Bulgaria.

Visiting professor at the Collège de France since 2014, he now holds the chair of paleoanthropology.

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LE FIGARO.

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Homo sapiens, an invasive species

 , isn't that a slightly provocative title for your inaugural lesson?

Jean-Jacques HUBLIN.

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I hesitated, because I don't like the term "invasive".

It is an Anglicism and, as far as possible, I try to avoid them.

But the word "invasive" does not fully correspond to the concept.

Coming out of Africa,

Homo sapiens

not only invaded the whole planet, but it was done to the detriment of other human species such as Neanderthals, and also ...

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Source: lefigaro

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