Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Neandertal Phase Of Man Hypothesis

Model attempting to explain the position of the Neandertals and proposed by G. Schwalbe, who argued that the Neandertals arose from a Middle Pleistocene predecessor by unilinear and gradual evolution and passed through a Neandertal phase to become AMHs. A. Hrdlicka, C. L. Brace, M. L. Wolpoff, A. Thorne, F. H. Smith, G. Pope, E. Trinkaus and others have also embraced and/or refined this view.

See the multiregional continuity model. Compare the preneandertal hypothesis, the presapiens hypothesis, the monophyletic hypothesis, and the polyphyletic hypothesis.

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