Homo Sapiens, Meet Your New Astounding Family

I found this awesome article on discover magazine! It’s quite remarkable and gives us great insight on our origins and other possible theories behind human evolution.


It was commonly accepted that our ancestors originated from the Africa, specifically the Great Rift Valley Region ( place of huge tectonic plate disturbance). Now science and new research has delved further into our birthplace and has revealed to us new and profound discoveries.  “Homo floresiensis” also known as the “hobbit people” have been found to migrate out of Indonesia, shattering the decades old theories of humans originating solely from Africa. It is interesting that their existence coincided with Homo Sapiens and perhaps other humanoids. The usage of paleogenomics and other analyses have shown a broad and far genealogy behind DNA of the past and present. Amazingly, the article mentions that 25% of genome populations outside of Africa are Neandrathal. Also, other humanoid speices have left their genomic mark on the population today. This correlates to the class because it combines it combines the three points on the triangle, which are biological, cultural, and environmental factors that come into the play throughout human evolution. Also, the article engages briefly into Neandrathals, something also mentioned in the class. This article I thought was thoroughly written, it incoporated scientific as well as anthropological aspects behind the development and eventual rise of humans. Also the addition of valid references from anthropology and genomics experts helped further reinforce the article’s facts and theories.