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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Homo erectus, again

Two of these fellows are artists' recreations of Homo erectus; one is Homo ergaster, though I'm not sure which one. Some biological anthropologists believe that the two species are one and the same anyway.

I find these representations endlessly fascinating. (Click on the picture above for a larger image.)

They seem to explain… awful lot.


Rifleman said...

Doesn't seem like a big jump from that to the average NBA player. The one in the middle looks like he could be Dave Chappelle's not so distant ancestor.

But going from that to Brad Pitt, Conan O'Brien or Taylor Swift seems like a more complex transition.

John Craig said...

Rifleman --
The three fellows in the picture do seem to clarify the direction of evolution.

Steven said...

Take a look at this:

The first review by Patrick L Boyle is insightful.

John Craig said...

Steven --
Interesting. DNA evidence supposedly shows that northeast Asians supposedly separated from Europeans at a point in time later than both of those races separated from southeast asians (think Malays and Melanesians). I think the book actually says that, if memory serves.

Steven said...

re the direction of evolution, it is from:

1) small craniums, sloping foreheads, large brow ridges and prognathism,


2) larger craniums, no brow ridges, flatter more vertical foreheads, and no prognathism.

I think I've said this before, but I think homo erectus look like modern Africans more in their skin colour and nose shape and hair type than in their skull shape. ie in the aspects more related to climate than intelligence. I'll concede pronathism (though its reduced)...but look at the heads of modern Africans and they don't look like erectus; they look like modern humans.

Steven said...

p.s. I imagine that there was both an out of Africa migration and some degree of mixing with hominids already outside Africa than gave rise to the races.

John Craig said...

Steven --
Couldn't open either rod those links.

As to your PS, that's the big mystery.

Farmer Don said...

WE are all related to pigs

Now go with this and then throw in, "do white seem more like pigs than blacks"?