They reveal: “we met and mated with other types of human – like Neanderthals, Denisovans and Homo erectus.”
Further to: 40 kya human bones contain Neanderthal and current genes (And raise an interesting question about the use of the term “hybrid.” Is every mixed ancestry human being today a “hybrid”?), PBS notes, re a new series on human evolution that premieres June 24, tomorrow night:
It’s a story that revolves around a shocking revelation. In prehistoric times, we met and mated with other types of human – like Neanderthals, Denisovans and Homo erectus. This mixing of genes helped us survive – and ultimately thrive.
Scientists are beginning to realize that ours is not a pedigree species, but a patchwork. We are all hybrids.
The “shocking” part isn’t that intermingling occurred, but that it came as such a surprise.
It shouldn’t have. And it did so only because of Darwinian thinking.
Incidentally, note that the series guide uses the term “other types” of human, not “other species” of humans (the usual Darwinblather in both pop science writing and journals).
Wonder if they’ll sneak “species” in later, once the coast is clear.
To understand the Darwinblather about many separate human “species,” see the vital role racism has always played in Darwinian thinking. It’s not a bug; it’s a feature, and one that can’t be directly discussed because it is integral to the theory.
We discuss it here.
The odd part is, who goes along with it all, and wants Darwin up there beside Lincoln in “liberating” people. Not who you’d expect. Once suspects that large swathes of these politicians’ core voters just don’t know.
See also: What we know and don’t know about human evolution
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