from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Our ancient ancestors had a pretty tough life without fire, farming techniques and 4G wireless internet connections. But they managed to create cave paintings that still exist today, and we’re still finding cool stuff that pre-historic people left behind. Here are just a few interesting links to our great-great-great…-great grandparents.
- The mother of humanity lived approximately 200,000 years ago, according to a statistical analysis of a sampling of our genes that could be linked to a “mitochondrial Eve.” Note that dinosaurs went extinct about 65 million years ago. [url]
- Red Deer Cave people lived in China thousands of years ago and seemed to like eating cooked venison meat (so they were nicknamed after their meals). These Stone Aged people could be a new species in human evolution, and they show that Neanderthals had plenty of company in Asia. [url]
- Homo floresiensis is another human ancestor who lived in Asia and could possibly have met Homo sapiens about 13,000 years ago. These folks were nicknamed ‘Hobbits’ because they’re the smallest human species ever discovered. [url]
- Recently discovered fossils show that Homo erectus wasn’t alone in East Africa, and at least two other Homo species lived nearby around the same time. These findings suggest that the evolution of Homo sapiens wasn’t a linear progression (as depicted in many cartoons), and there’s no “missing link” in the human family tree. [url]
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