Comment 7RDT Re: The alternative explanation...

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World's oldest stone tools are older than modern humans

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The alternative explanation... (Score: 2, Insightful)

by reziac@pipedot.org on 2015-04-22 07:54 (#7JFJ)

...is that tool-using humans are older than they think, but that fossil specimens have not been recovered (and might never be).

Re: The alternative explanation... (Score: 2, Insightful)

by lmariachi@pipedot.org on 2015-04-22 21:02 (#7M1Z)

Or that the lines delineating human and proto-human species are blurrier than traditional taxonomy is adequate to describe. We don’t have DNA samples from specimens that ancient, AFAIK.

Re: The alternative explanation... (Score: 1)

by reziac@pipedot.org on 2015-04-23 19:22 (#7PBD)

That too. I've often wondered how many of the specimens we have were not actually from a separate species, but rather, just outlier specimens of the same species.

And how many outliers of other species have been misidentified as belonging to various proto-humans, too.

Without DNA analysis, we're really just guessing. What if they were looking at the fossilized remains of all of today's 300+ breeds of dog, with all the variation those encompass? would they be ID'd as 300 different species??

Re: The alternative explanation... (Score: 1)

by nightsky30@pipedot.org on 2015-04-24 16:46 (#7RDT)

Agreed. We do know we have Neanderthal DNA left over in us today. Maybe we are the "mutts".

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