Re-thinking human evolution… again

Matthew Wright

I have been fascinated of late with the way our understanding of human evolution has forged ahead in leaps and bounds.

This year alone we’ve discovered that Homo naledi, the previously unknown ‘archaic’ species that was discovered in a South African cave, was still going just 250,000 years ago and – very likely – had the ability to speak. We’ve also found evidence that the ‘Hobbits’ of Flores Island aren’t a diminutive of ‘Java Man’, Homo erectus, but likely descended from a different branch of the human family tree. And there’s the discovery that our own species, Homo sapiens, likely dates back at least 250,000 years.

What all this adds up to is that the old idea of progressive one-thread evolution from ape to man, in which each type was wholly replaced by the next, is right out the window.

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6 thoughts on “Re-thinking human evolution… again

  1. Thanks Chris for sharing Matthew’s brilliant post. I was recently reading about the new discoveries which indicate the human story is much more complex and indeed older than science previously thought. Matthew gave an elegant and clear summary of a tortuous topic.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this. I found it fascinating — and chuckled at the fact that science is so quick to call others “ignorant” if they don’t accept the prevailing theory, and yet isn’t it ignorance to think science knows it all when we are in the infancy of our understanding?

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