The A. brevirostris connection

This post dips into the murky depths of Anthropology, but it is an interesting chapter in human pre-history. The origin of humans is somewhat controversial topic. One thing we are starting to agree on is that the human, as we know him today, emerged 250,000 years ago out of Africa.

A new archaeological find adds a new chapter to our long and storied history. An early hominid, an ancestor to the chimps, orangutans and humans. Unfortunately the only remnants of the skull remain, but through that we can trace our lineage to 12 million years ago. In addition, what is interesting is that this fossil was found in Spain. We can draw one of two conclusions about this. This either means that our ancestors migrated from Europe to Africa, or we haven’t found the fossils in Africa yet. Either way, you are now looking at an even further ancestor. Unfortunately he would be just as recognizable as a orangutan or chimp.

Oh hey its my great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grandfather.

Oh hey its my great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grandfather.

If you’re into science this site has a pretty comprehensive breakdown of what we can learn from the former face of a dead proto-ape. BBC has a pretty great breakdown of the history of humans. I’m getting started on my history of American currency, so stay tuned.

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