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Homo Sapiens Not Alone, May Have Evolved With ‘Stolen Technology’

A reconstruction of a Homo naledi face.

Introductory note by Kevin Alfred Strom: Scientists are very gradually coming to realize what should have been obvious all along: Human evolution is not a linear progression; there were always many races and subraces of humans, and some thrived and evolved into the races of today — and others failed and went extinct. The linear, “one human race” model was always preposterously wrong.

A TROVE of early human fossils has turned on its head the story of our evolution with researchers now believing Homo sapiens was not alone on the plains of Africa — and may even have ‘borrowed’ some technology from our close biological ancestors.

The discovery of multiple Homo naledi remains in Johannesburg in 2015 has proved to be one of the most significant in recent memory when it comes to determining where we as a species came from.

“No one thought that a small-brained, primitive hominin could extend down through time this long and that period is exactly the moment when we thought modern humans were arising here in Africa,” said Lee Berger, project leader for Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand, as cited by Reuters.

The project’s research was published in three papers in the journal eLife.

Hominins are an extinct group from the same genus as humans. Chimpanzees and other apes are further away, biologically speaking, from Homo sapiens than hominins, such as Homo naledi.

“Now that we know that modern humans or at least the earliest forms of them were not alone during this expansion of the tool kit, it makes us now have to get better and better evidence to say who made what,” Berger added.

Scientists previously believed Homo naledi to be 2.5 million years old but these more recent findings showed that naledi buried its dead, a behavior thought to be uniquely human.

“We can no longer assume that we know which species made which tools, or even assume that it was modern humans that were the innovators of some of these critical technological and behavioral breakthroughs in the archaeological record of Africa,” says Berger.

“If there is one other species out there that shared the world with ‘modern humans’ in Africa, it is very likely there are others. We just need to find them.”

Dating of both the soil around the fossils as well as several teeth shows that naledi roamed the African plains between 236,000 and 335,000 years ago, at the same time as our early ancestors.

A well-preserved skeleton with a largely intact skull has been uncovered within the cave system and has been named ‘Neo,’ which is the Setswana word for ‘gift.’

The fossils have yet to provide definitive answers as to what triggered the species’ extinction.

Much like the Neanderthals, however, the most popular theory is that our early ancestors wiped them out.

“All we know is that Homo naledi is extinct today. Could Homo sapiens have driven them extinct? Yes,” Berger said.

There are thousands more fossil remains contained within the narrow cave system and scientists are hoping to find a complete sample of DNA to be able to fully understand whether our ancestors bred with homo naledi as they did with Neanderthals.

“If we had Homo naledi DNA, not only would we be able to answer the question of a biological exchange with humans, but we would gain a window back millions of years. We would actually be looking at DNA from the split with humans. And that would be cool,” Berger said.

The fossil remains will be on display at the Maropeng, the Official Visitors Center for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site from May 25 in an exhibit entitled, ‘Almost Human.’

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Source: RT

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10 Comments

  1. PTFogg
    May 11, 2017 at 7:23 am — Reply

    Going back, even before Naledi, to the origin of upright walking (and so many other human characteristics) in Australopithecus (or his predecessors) 3.7 mya, a major branch point in the evolution of humans, I’m still partial to the “Aquatic Ape Theory” as popularized by Elaine Morgan. It explains so much.

    Part 1 of a lecture given by Elaine Morgan on the Aquatic Ape Theory at University College London, 17th Oct 2008
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRrRzdIYzac

    Aquatic Ape Hypothesis
    (Condor Indep Voices) Paperback – September, 1999
    by Elaine Morgan (Author) – AMAZON

  2. Arvin N. Prebost
    May 11, 2017 at 12:31 pm — Reply

    It seems to me that Abraham Lincoln had a lot of Naledi genetics.

  3. May 11, 2017 at 2:24 pm — Reply

    Interesting, but it’s a concern to me that the scientist in the article keeps implying that modern humans descended from some group in Africa. By extension, this would support the long-exposed and fraudulent Out of Africa theory invented by the globalists and afrocentrists.

    While I don’t push creationism, I’ve never found the idea of human evolution from apes at all credible. If humans descended from apes, why do we still have apes? No one ever seems to answer that question. Even the idea that one creature descended from another implies a linear trajectory of development, which this piece even says is becoming less and less likely, which makes it seem strange that the scientists would then attempt to draw descendant connections between current humans and homo naledi. I guess old habits die hard.

    I’ve always said that in the end, when truth finally reigns, we’ll discover that humans, as we know them today, and most importantly the separate races, were created independently from one another and did not descend from a common crude ancestor.

    • May 11, 2017 at 9:20 pm — Reply

      No one that I know of says that humans descended from apes. But apes and humans certainly had a common ancestor in the distant past, just as humans and mice — and humans and strawberries — certainly did. See https://nationalvanguard.org/2012/06/relatedness-and-the-encyclopedia-prove-evolution-is-real/

      • May 12, 2017 at 12:48 am — Reply

        Yes, I’m aware of that. I’ve always known we share some DNA with all living creatures. We have 60% in common with a banana, but that doesn’t make us half banana or any part banana at all, which is why it’s absurd for people to assume there is virtually no difference between races but skin color, simply because we share so much DNA. It’s precisely in the smallest percentage of our dissimilar DNA where the most significant differences between the races occur.

      • john smith
        October 18, 2017 at 1:09 pm — Reply

        what are jews in the evolutionary order?

  4. Arvin N. Prebost
    May 11, 2017 at 9:10 pm — Reply

    We still have apes because they will do the jobs that humans will not do.

  5. Walt Hampton
    May 12, 2017 at 11:09 am — Reply

    It may be in fact that our ancient
    fore-bearers were aquatic in nature.
    I have been told that certain species
    of whales and dolphins have a unique
    type of intelligence that – within its
    own context – may even rival that of
    modern humans. However, try to explain
    that to them as they swim past Jew
    nuclear-armed subs that obliterate
    the entire Eastern Seaboard of the
    USofA. It is far too late to attempt
    to rejoin them now.

  6. WHITE_WARRIOR
    May 14, 2017 at 11:39 pm — Reply

    Niggers are still niggers!!!

  7. LeeKW
    May 27, 2017 at 2:16 pm — Reply

    If humans descended from apes, why do we still have apes? ….must be the banal question on the internet.

    Consider:
    Thousands of ‘apes vers 1’ all spread over tens of thousands of square miles of forest, separated into pack territories of maybe 20-30 individuals and all breeding well.

    A single pack of these creatures due to population pressure begins to forage on grassland for extra food, gradually over time they evolve into ‘apes vers 2’ until they become a separate species adapted to survive in grassland.

    By what magical process would the remaining members of ‘apes vers1 ‘ who remained in the forest suddenly morph into ‘apes vers 2’?

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