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Human evolution and sites related to early human origins

Properties linked to Human Evolution have evidence for natural and cultural processes related to human lineage as part of the record of life and of the earth's history. Therefore Human Evolution sites are also geological and paleontological properties when assessing the outstanding universal value (OUV) of a site. Processes involved in Human Evolution include biological and cultural changes testifying to the remarkable success of our predecessors who continuously adapted to ever-changing environments and whose worldwide dispersals record their survival in even the most extreme conditions.


Yves Coppens, paleoanthropologist, speaks with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre about the importance of international commitment in the conservation of human evolution-related properties (in French).

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