Vanilla 1.1.9 is a product of Lussumo. More Information: Documentation, Community Support.

    •  
      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2015
     
    So all in all, does this make Homo S. the winners or a dead end?
  1.  
    We're not ded yet.
    •  
      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2015
     
    Maybe if we were we wouldn't be going there.

    If you follow my drift...
    • CommentAuthorthehard
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2015
     
    But as you know, we have some Neanderthal DNA in our bodies, they are technically not gone for good.

    We can look at it the positive way: we have the best of both worlds

    (ha!)

    Do we know if we have inherited some Homo Floresiensis as well?
    •  
      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2015 edited
     
    Nobody knows who they were. But we do have some Denisovan genes too, and maybe they are related to H. Floresiensis.
    •  
      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2015
     
    • CommentAuthorthehard
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2015 edited
     
    So maybe some groups entered in an evolutionary race towards intelligence and the winner team was actually a hybrid that happened to combine some brain features that added up.
  2.  
    Looks like tools came in about 3.5 MY ago - meaning it wasn't Homo but some other lot.

    Pan Engineerus?
    •  
      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2015 edited
     
    I think some version of Homo. But one that could handle a 15kg hand axe. Homo Giganticus?
    • CommentAuthortinker
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2015
     
    Not necessarily. The 50 lb sledge was commonly used in the forges of yesteryear. It's all a matter of technique forst and brute strength afterwards.
  3.  
    Recall that Australopithecus predates Homo and those tools even predate Australopithecus
    • CommentAuthorthehard
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2015
     
    •  
      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2015
     
    Posted By: tinkerNot necessarily. The 50 lb sledge was commonly used in the forges of yesteryear. It's all a matter of technique forst and brute strength afterwards.


    Yabut the handle was invented a million years later, give or take...
    •  
      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2015
     
    Angus should know but what a memory.
    •  
      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2015
     
    Ask me anything. I'm better on the neolithic stuff, though.
    • CommentAuthortinker
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2015
     
    Nice to know you have a good handle on the stone age.
  4.  
    If you are expecting a flood of neolithic puns about implements, think again bubba.
    •  
      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2015
     
    Not even a Limerick?
    • CommentAuthorbr
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2015 edited
     
    If you want one, just ask. Here's two:

    For monkeys and humans to solve
    Tool-making and fires, would involve
    Much bigger brains,
    Competition for grains,
    It's how we came to evolve.

    The pressures of natural selection
    Gave millions of years of correction.
    The first fire went out,
    But we now, without doubt,
    Make butane gas lighters to perfection.
    •  
      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2015
     
    +3 +3.5