Aleš Hrdlička - European Hypothesis

European Hypothesis

Hrdlicka was interested in the origin of the human being. He was a critic of hominid evolution as well as the Asia hypothesis, as he claimed there was little evidence to go on for those theories. He dismissed finds such as the Ramapithecus which were labeled as hominids by most scientists, instead believing that they were nothing more than fossil apes, unrelated to human ancestry.

In a lecture on "The Origin of Man," delivered for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, at Cincinnati, Ohio, Hrdlicka said that the cradle of man is not in Central Asia but in Central Europe as Europe is the earliest known location where human skeletal remains have been found.

Hrdlicka was almost alone in his views. The European hypothesis fell into decline and is now considered an obsolete scientific theory which has been replaced by the multiregional hypothesis and the Out of Africa theory.

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