Would you mind emailing a PDF of that one to me?
On @jasonbourne4’s PO, my impression is that the majority of paleoanthropologists accept the classification of Jebel Irhoud as sapiens, but how much of a majority is needed to declare a “consensus” on the question? That, I can’t say.
Part of the problem, which Stephen pointed out in the excerpt, is deciding how many modern anatomical features are necessary in order to classify a fossil as sapiens. (Someone lost the checklist that came with the owner’s manual.) The question of facial shape concerns the fact that all previous hominins have an elongated skull and a large face, while sapiens have a globular brain case and a small face. The archaic sapiens at Jebel Irhoud has our face, but not our brain case. The Dali skull from China has a strange mix of features, a few of them modern, which again makes it difficult to classify.
People often think of evolution as a straight-line process in which one species is directly replaced by the next, but that’s not the case. By 1.8 million years ago, just 100,000 years after Homo erectus appeared, three different species of hominin and A. sediba were co-existing in East Africa, as well as the smaller-bodied H. erectus in Dmanisi, Georgia, and probably H. naledi in South Africa. Considering the mosaic of bodily features present at the time, anthropologist Susan Anton calls the phase leading to the appearance of erectus a period of “morphological experimentation” in the size and shape of the body. With later erectus, the general outlines of the present human body have taken shape.
Of course, none of that was apparent until recent fossil finds made it apparent. As more discoveries are made, I believe we will see a similar pattern of “morphological experimentation” emerge in the fossil record between ~400-200 Kya, but this time it involves the head and brain, not the body. So far, we only have Jebel Irhoud and Dali as examples, but I’m sure there will be more. The difficulty is that we are talking about a fairly short time frame, so coming across a hominin fossil of just the right age is mostly blind luck.