posted on Jun, 20 2005 @ 11:13 PM
Yes, it IS confusing! Here's the facts as we curretly know them
(Disclaimer: SCIENCE IS NOT A RELIGION. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN UNCHANGEABLE FACT IN SCIENCE.
In religion, you have laws and truths
that do not change for that religion, no matter what other data comes up. In science, there's no such thing as "we know everything there is about
this, so NYAAH!" As we develop new tools and learn more, every bit of knowledge will get tweaked a bit or even changed. This is science in action
-- continually discovering, continually exploring, continually evolving)
Okay. Lecture is over.
The hominid timeline is pretty well established, though some surprises (homo florienesis) happen.
We are homo sapiens. Our "parent" species was homo erectus. Our "cousin"species include h. florienesis, h. neanderthalis, h. heidelbergensis and
so forth. H. erectus' parent species was Australopithecus Afaraensis.
This chart gives us as h. sapiens sapiens and the Neanderthals as h.sapiens neanderthalis -- but it's a pretty good picture of how our species came
So why the Homo sapiens sapiens, etc? Because right now there's some debate whether or not modern humans and Neanderthals mated and had offspring
that were also able to have children. There's some skeletal material that suggests this happened... but there's not enough of it to be definite
If they couldn't breed, that would put Neanderthals in a different species (H. neanderthalis.) If they COULD breed, Neanderthals would be the same
species but a different subspecies: h. sap. neand.
And yes, all those stories pertain to us.
[edit on 20-6-2005 by Byrd]