Special Issue "Origins of Human Modernity"


A special issue of Emerging Science Journal (ISSN: 2610-9182).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 04 September 2020.

This special issue belongs to the "Social and Management Sciences" scope.

Special Issue Editor



Guest Editor: Prof. Robert G. Bednarik

Affiliations: Convener, President, and Editor of International Federation of Rock Art Organisations (IFRAO), PO Box 216, Caulfield South 3162, Victoria, Australia. And College of History and Culture, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang, China.

Interests: Human Evolution; Pleistocene Archaeology; Epistemology; Rock Art; Prehistoric Art; Cave Art; Dating Methodology; Archaeometry; Pleistocene Seafaring.

Special Issue Information

Importance & Relevance of Topic

The principal concern of “Emerging Science” is to review and chronicle major developments in science that are likely to affect its future course. In the particular field of hominin evolution, we are currently witnessing—as a result of developments in human genetics and correlated changes in archaeological understanding—the demise of an old paradigm and the ascent of a new one. This has significant implications in various fields of enquiry because it reverberates in how we perceive the narratives of who we are and how we became what we are as a species: it is fundamental to understanding ourselves. The new perceptions currently being secured by the contributors of this Special Issue may seem audacious to some in the conservative mainstream, but that has historically always applied to new paradigms and it is what constitutes “Emerging Science”.


Aim and Scope

The purpose of this Special Issue is to bring together the scholars that have contributed to the demise of the “replacement hypothesis” by exposing its flaws or who have promoted an alternative explanation of “Modern Human” origins. This collection of articles is intended to provide guidance to developing a new paradigm in the discipline and to encourage open debate of an issue that has significant effects on how our species perceives itself.


  • Human Evolution
  • Late Pleistocene
  • Archaeology
  • Palaeoanthropology
  • Modern Cognition
  • Auto-domestication
  • Cultural Evolution


Deadline for Final Draft of Papers

04 September 2020

Reviews and Revisions Period

30 September 2020

Notification of Final Decision

25 December 2020


20 February 2021