Anthropology On A Sunday

Before I begin…this is the look I get when I tell MoMo that she has to wait to go outside…..

IT is a lazy Sunday and I have even more AI stories for your mental consumption…..

AI is predicting that we have a “missing link” in our evolutionary trip….society has been conned for years of a “missing link”….could there actually be sucha creature?

Using artificial intelligence, a number of European evolutionary biologists now believe that humans have an ancient ancestor whose identity is unknown to modern science. The ancestor, based out of Asia, would have been a hybrid of Neanderthals and Denisovans, a subspecies of archaic humans.

The Denisovans are less well-known than the famous Neanderthals, but the two were separate groups who split off from their common ancestor around 744,000 years ago. While Neanderthals settled in Europe and parts of western Asia, Denisovan remains have been found in central Asia and Siberia—their name comes from the Denisova Cave in the Siberian Altai Mountains, where a Denisovan bone was first discovered in 2008.

The groups were genetically independent from each other. They also likely both cross-bred with modern humans. But when researching the demographics of species nearly 800,000 years ago, scientists have struggled with their complexity. That’s where A.I. comes in.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/archaeology/a25934309/ai-study-human-ancestor/

More on the possibility of that long sought “missing link”……

Two early humans found in Africa 10 years ago appear to represent a “missing link” with our ape-like ancestors, CNN reports. A new study broke ground this week by saying the two-million-year-old partial skeletons are from a new species called Australopithecus sediba that walked upright but spent time in trees—a transition between the ape-like genus Australopithecus and the genus Homo that apparently began using tools. Seems Australopithecus sediba had hands and feet that were good for both climbing trees and grasping tools. “This larger picture sheds light on the lifeways of A. sediba and also on a major transition in hominin evolution,” says lead researcher Scott Williams of New York University.

In nine papers in PaleoAnthropology, leading anthropologists analyze various parts of the fossils and refute critics who either doubted the new species existed or said the skeletons were of two different species, per Phys.org. They also recall the fossils’ incredible 2008 discovery by a nine-year-old who was walking his dog in South Africa when he tripped over a rock. “Imagine for a moment that Matthew stumbled over the rock and continued following his dog without noticing the fossil,” they write. “If those events had occurred instead, our science would not know about Au. sediba, but those fossils would still be there, still encased in calcified clastic sediments, still waiting to be discovered.” The authors call it a reminder that “there is still so much to discover about our evolutionary past.”

Some people say the ‘missing links’ have been elected and are now in control of the country….interesting thought.

Sunday is done….time for some snacks of fruit nuts and a beer….enjoy your day…..

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4 thoughts on “Anthropology On A Sunday

  1. Always interesting to her more about missing link theories. I still like to imagine that aliens were involved somehow, but when I look at a gorilla, I reckon it was just evolution after all. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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