ISSN 1827-4765

Volume 94 (2016)

Cover story

What made us human?
Biological and cultural evolution of Homo sapiens


The science of human evolution has recently been changing rapidly, and we know that Homo sapiens is the last surviving branch of a once-luxuriant tree of hominid species. Until very recent times, our lineage shared the planet with several other human species, such as those containing Homo neanderthalensis, Homo erectus and Homo floresiensis. Following its biological and anatomical birth in Africa around 200,000 years ago Homo sapiens spread around the world..



The Journal of Anthropological Sciences (JASs) is the official publication of the Istituto Italiano di Antropologia (ISItA). It is the continuation of the Atti della Società Romana di Antropologia (from 1893 to 1910) and Rivista di Antropologia (until 2003).

The JASs publishes original articles, notes and reviews concerning of evolutionary anthropology (human paleontology, prehistory, biology and genetics of extinct and extant populations), with particular attention towards interdisciplinary approaches. Each manuscript is subjected to review by specialists.


According to the Oasis initiative of the Istituto Italiano di Antropologia, all JASs articles are published in Open Access, and authors are asked to make their research data available (see the Authors section).

Other Indexing sources: Anthropological literature, Anthropology Index online, Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Previews, Index Copernicus, PrimateLit and SCOPUS (Elsevier).

2016 ISI Impact Factor 4.000 (ranked 2/82 in Anthropology)

Giovanni Destro-Bisol (Roma, La Sapienza)
Associate Editors
Paolo Anagnostou (Sapienza, Roma) Maria Enrica Danubio (L'Aquila, Italy)
Markus Bastir (MNCN, Madrid, Spain) Andrea Manica (Cambridge, UK)
Francesca Brisighelli (Università Cattolica, Roma) Franz Manni (MNHN, Paris, France)
Valentina Coia (Bolzano, Italy) Noreen Von Cramon Taubadel (Buffalo, New York, USA)
International Referees
Francesc Calafell (Barcelona, Spain) Bonaventura Majolo (Lincoln, UK)
David Comas (Barcelona, Spain) Osbjorn Pearson (Albuquerque, USA)
Giuseppe Donati (Oxford, UK) Fernando V. Ramirez Rozzi (Paris, France)
Peter Ellison (Harvard, USA) Jorge Rocha (Porto, Portugal)
Colin Groves (Canberra, Australia) Callum F. Ross (Chicago, USA)
Henry Harpending (Salt Lake City, USA) Clark Spencer Larsen (Columbus, USA)
John Hawks (Madison, USA)  Cristopher B. Stringer (London, UK)
Ralph L. Holloway (New York, USA) Sarah Williams-Blangero (San Antonio, USA)
Víctor M. Longa (Santiago, Spain) Bernard Wood (Washington, USA)
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