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Multi-Regional Continuity The Fossil Evidence With regards to the multi-regional continuity model of human evolution there is without a doubt a preponderance of fossil data that supports the diverse origins of Homo sapiens in different regions of the globe Skulls displaying a wide variety of mixed modern and archaic features have been found in every corner of the world The mere existence of these fossils is evidence enough to prove that human evolution was far less cut-and-dried a process than the advocates of the replacement model of human evolution would like to suggest and in fact rather astonishingly complex It is useful before discussing the individual fossil specimens to to preface with what exactly is meant by the terms modern and archaic in reference to skull morphology Modern features in skull morphology as the word is used here include thin cranial walls small supraorbital ridges small teeth small eye sockets broad flat foreheads large cranial volume above 1200 cc low prognathism in the area of the lower face and a high vaulted shape in the area of the cranium Archaic features in skull morphology include thick cranial walls heavy supraorbital ridges large teeth large eye sockets sloping foreheads low cranial volume below 1200 cc high prognathism in the area of the lower face and a small football-shaped cranium The presence of various mixtures of these modern and archaic traits forms the basis for identifying a fossil as transitional modernarchaic in accordance with the multi-regional continuity model of human evolution As an example of transitional fossils found outside of Africa and in accordance with the multi-regional model of human evolution the remains found in the Ngangdong beds of the Solo River in Indonesia are an excellent beginning Dating from roughly 250000 years ago the skulls of the thirteen individual recovered lack faces but the crania are markedly archaic football-shaped and flattened in general contour Poirier 1987 222 Other archaic features include heavy supraorbital ridges and
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