New Scientist keeps wanting me (O’Leary for News) to pay to read an article advertised as follows:
Our last common ancestors
It’s the original “missing link”: the extinct ape that is the common ancestor of chimps and humans.
But we still don’t know what it looked like, or indeed, whether we can be sure there was a single ancestor.
We all have our uncertainties, but we don’t usually expect people to pay to share them.
From what one can tell, human evolution studies are in massive flux today, principally owing to more actual information.
Couple recent stories:
“Extinct” human group Denisovans’ genes found in Oceania peoples The way the article is written, the authors seem to want to advance the idea that all these groups were different “species” despite them not seeming to know it themselves.
But are human groups “extinct” if their genes live on in us?