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This month, a new fossil analysis out of East Africa shows that several kinds of humans coexisted around 2 million years ago, near the dawn of all human species. Scientists say the familiar cartoon image of increasingly upright creatures progressing to a human male is misleading. We should picture a bushy tree, with multiple branches or types of humans existing at different points in time. Many early models of humanity were not our ancestors, but simply died out.
Even after Homo sapiens emerged, we coexisted with Neanderthals as well as a lesser-known group called the Denisovans, the long-lived species Homo erectus, and the diminutive “hobbit” species Homo floresiensis. The last group didn’t go extinct until about 12,000 years ago, which is an eyeblink in evolutionary time. “There have been many experiments in becoming human, most of which didn’t succeed in the long run,” said William Kimbel, who directs the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University.
Originally posted by freemarketsocialist
Sounds like there were some different types amongst the Amalekites/Philistines.
Its interesting that the Bible talks about giants.
The hobbit and the massive jaw bones that have been found kinda put questions on the evolution story we are sold.edit on 31-8-2012 by freemarketsocialist because: (no reason given)
The genome of a recently discovered branch of extinct humans known as the Denisovans that once interbred with us has been sequenced, scientists said Thursday.
Genetic analysis of the fossil revealed it apparently belonged to a little girl with dark skin, brown hair and brown eyes, researchers said. All in all, the scientists discovered about 100,000 recent changes in our genome that occurred after the split from the Denisovans. A number of these changes influence genes linked with brain function and nervous system development, leading to speculation that we may think differently from the Denisovans. Other changes are linked with the skin, eyes and teeth.
Originally posted by tamusan
reply to post by Consequence
While it might be nothing new in basic concept, it is interesting for it's reinforcement of our human genome being a stew of many other species and sub-species.
Another subject this makes my mind wander to is, which of the mythical humanoids of lore, does this newly confirmed humanoid represent?