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Homo sapiens


The modern man ...

The Homo sapiens, or too modern man, is the last living species of the genus Homo. Last living ancestor or evolutionary side branch was probably the Homo floresiensis, and not as often suspected of Neanderthals.
Homo sapiens (from the Latin 'homo' = human and 'sapiens' = wise) translated means "the wise man", a term coined by Carl von Linné in Systema Naturae.
Man is a mammal that belongs to the family of apes like gorilla, chimpanzee and orangutan. Next living relative is the chimpanzee. Only 1% of the genome differs in humans and chimpanzees, although the split-up occurred already five million years ago. By contrast, gorillas and orangutans 'adopted' the human lineage seven or ten million years ago.

Spread of Homo sapiens

The oldest fossils of Homo sapiens come from Africa. Therefore, it can be assumed that the Homo sapiens began its 'triumphant advance' from Africa about 200,000 years ago. To enlarge the map just click on the picture:

Interesting to Homo sapiens

Tribal history of man
The senses of man:
Seeing with the eye,
Listening with the ear,
Smell with the nose,
Taste with your mouth,
Human organs:
Pancreas, blood, urinary bladder, intestine, gallbladder, brain, skin, heart, liver, kidney, spleen, lung, thyroid
Other relevant articles about Homo sapiens:
Nutrition of man
The immune system
Fertilization, pregnancy and childbirth
Altruism and cooperation

Profile: Homo sapiens

genus:homo
kind:H. sapiens
Surname:Latin sapiens = wise
first record:?
Period:200,000 to now
height:1.60 - 2.00m
mass:50 - 90kg
circulation area:worldwide
brain volume:1300 - 1500 cm³
food:omnivore diet
tool use:Yes
Walking upright:Yes