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RIP for a (supposed) key human species—Heidelberg man?


So thinks prominent science writer (Science, paywall) Michael Balter:

The hominin Homo heidelbergensis, which lived between about 800,000 and 200,000 years ago, has long been considered a candidate for the common ancestor of Neandertals and modern humans. But the species is controversial, because whereas some researchers think it lived in Europe, Africa, and Asia, others see it as a European species only (and give other names to similar hominins on other continents). At a meeting in the southern French village of Tautavel, where a face and partial skull of this presumed species were found in a nearby cave in 1971, researchers debated its role in human evolution—and whether it actually existed as a discrete species. Resolving the debate is key to understanding the evolution of our own species, Homo sapiens.

See also: The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (human evolution) for why so many evolutionary biologists desperately need a scenario involving a number of different human species. See this also for why many people need to believe in big racial differences today, due to “ongoing evolution.”

The interesting part of all that “ongoing evolution” stuff is the way one can market racism quite safely today – as long as such Darwinian themes are invoked.

Wonder what that portends for the future?

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News: "Wonder what that portends for the future?" Off hand I'd say it still keeps blacks and other races with darker skin at the back of the proverbial bus, unless they can elevate themselves to the ideologue proselytizing status of Neil deGrasse Tyson who obtained the prized "Get out of Jail free card" for worshiping Darwin. DavidD
Falling like dominoes...hopefully not long now before we can rid ourselves of this evolutionary nonsense and form a coherent, realistic, evidence based framework with which to do science. humbled
Since the Jews, generally speaking, have been intellectually 'head and shoulders' above the rest of us, in effect, Gentile racists invite their own extermination by the Jews as inferior species - since, however dim they might be, personally in terms of worldly intelligence, they idolize it as a plank they assign for their racist beliefs. Ironically, through nuclear radiation in one form or another, it might well come about via Einstein's discoveries. Not of course that he could be held responsible for man's reckless abuse of his findings - in the teeth of his warnings, I believe. Shades of Haman strung up on the gallows he had made for Mordecai. Axel

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