Though a topic of debate among anthropologists, there are generally two ways to look at what a modern humans is.
Anatomically modern humans, which many anthropologists argue evolved around 200,000 years ago, looked like us and were biologically members of our own species.
In this post, we will be focusing on the second type — behaviorally modern humans. These Homo sapiens are identical in appearance to anatomically modern humans, but show evidence of cultural traits we deem human, such as ritual burials, symbolic art, more specialized tool use, and the hunting of larger prey. Anthropologists argue they came on the scene around about 90,000–45,000 years ago.