A new computer analysis has revealed that traces of an unknown hominid species may be hiding in the people of Melanesia. Melanesia is a Pacific region that includes Papua New Guinea and surrounding islands. The analysis shows that these modern people may carry genetic evidence of an unknown extinct hominid. Now, first of all, we DON’T know what this species is so how do we know it is extinct? Oh wait, I know, that would be because H sapien sapiens are the only human species living today, right? WRONG! I’ll post about that at some point but for now let me just say that we are all NOT the same despite what the PC police would like us to believe!
The analysis claims that the unknown species is likely NOT Neanderthals nor the mysterious Denisovans (which we known next to nothing about). Instead researchers believe the mystery species is a different, unrelated hominid group. Said Ryan Bohlender, one of the researchers, “We’re missing a population or we’re misunderstanding something about relationships.” I vote for the first option! In fact, I think we are MISSING SEVERAL population species!
He goes on to postulate that the mystery species is likely from a third branch of the hominid lineage that produced Neanderthals and the Denisovans. Bohlender is far from being the first to postulate that a mystery species of our ancestors might be preserved in modern human DNA even though no fossils have been found of the mystery species. Back in 2012 a group of researchers suggested African people carry DNA heirlooms from some unknown extinct hominid species. There we go with that word again….”extinct.”.
According to Bohlender’s calculations, Europeans have no trace of Denisova DNA in them and the Chinese have only a tiny amount 0.1%. But 2.74% of DNA in the people of Papua New Guinea comes from Neanderthals whereas Europeans and people outside of Africa carry anywhere from 2-4% Neanderthal DNA. Bohlender estimates Melanesian’s carry about 1.11% Denisova DNA in them. He and his colleagues have concluded that a third group of hominids may have interbred with the ancestors of the Melanesian people. He says, “Human history is a lot more complicated than we thought it was.” YOU BET! Now it’s time we take the blinders off don’t you think?!!
Other researchers have recently came to the same conclusion. They suggest the mystery hominid may be Homo erectus or even the Hobbits found on Flores Island in Indonesia. It’s easy to SPECULATE about the Denisovans but the FACT is we known extremely little about them outside of a finger tip and a few bones. I’m not saying they didn’t exist but what I am saying is let’s hold off on the speculation until we have some FACTS. Otherwise it all just become wildly ridiculous and speculative.
Mattias Jakobsson who is an evolutionary geneticist at Uppsala University in Sweden says he would not be surprised if there were other groups of extinct hominids that mingled with humans in the past. “Modern humans and archaic humans have met many times and had MANY CHILDREN TOGETHER.” Indeed they have!! Finally a voice of common sense!
Let us not forget that what we see today has NOT always been so. Sea levels were very much lower in the past than they are today and some of the islands we see today were not islands in the past. It would have been rather easy for H. erectus to migrate into areas such as Papua New Guinea, et al. Thus the “mystery species” I think is most likely H erectus and I’m pretty sure China’s Red Deer Cave People, not that far away, were also H erectus or erectus HYBRIDS! And while I’m on a roll let me throw this out there…..maybe…..just maybe those old Denisovans were H erectus too!
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