International Journal of Human Diversity and Evolution
Coverage: 1923-1941 (Vols. I-XIX) & 1962-2021 (Vols. 1-59)
ISSN 0323-1119 (Print)
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'Foerster I, 1983: Some Aspects of the Relationship between Continuity and Discontinuity in Anthropogenesis. Anthropologie (Brno) 21, 1: 23-26'.
The process of anthropogenesis is discussed from the point of view of dialectical materialism. Unlike the mechanistic materialist view refusing discontinuity and various idealistic approaches denying continuity, the dialectical unity of both is emphasized. The theory of two qualitative leaps is considered and against it a new conception is suggested of one qualitative leap connected with the origin of intentional labour preceded by a series of "partial" qualitative leaps. It is then discussed on the basis of palaeontological and archaeological findings of the last two decades. The period of Ramapithecines and Australopithecines is viewed as a preparation phase when the biological prerequisites for the origin of human society developed. Homo habilis is assumed to have been the first human hominid followed by H. erectus and H. sapiens neanderthalensis. The appearance of the fossil type of H. sapiens some 40 to 30 thousands years ago is viewed as the "irreversibility point" of this qualitative leap. The biological and the social forms of motion of matter are viewed each as a discrete qualitative state.
Anthropogenesis - Biological and social forms of motion of matter - Qualitative leaps - Continuity and discontinuity - Labour - Biological prerequisities of the origin of man - Homo habilis - Homo erectus - Homo sapiens neanderthalensis - Homo sapiens sapiens fossilis

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