In 1961 the bones & skeleton were determined to be Neanderthal hunters. Neanderthals are not Homo sapiens, however. “the oldest Homo sapiens ever found in Africa or elsewhere.” Seriously? But Neanderthals are not H. sapiens! Of course after the OOA was debunked last month with the discovery of a Neanderthal ancestor in Spain I suppose they had to come up with something (anything) to place the OOA back on it throne? So I take it that now we class Neanderthals as H. sapiens? And what about that little 3% Neanderthal DNA in modern humans? Sticky little point, no? Oh yes and something had to be done to dethrone the recent find near San Diego in the Americas too 🙂
“It’s the face of people you cross in the street today…” really? You mean back in 1961 they couldn’t tell the difference between a Neanderthal face and a H. sapien face?
“….the 300,000-year-old braincases—the part of the skull that houses the brain—are elongated in shape and accommodate a larger cerebellum…” Homo erectus had an elongated skull but I notice this is not mentioned at all and some had brains as big or slightly bigger than ours!
So are we now to date modern humans at 300 kyr rather than 200 kyr? Are we to now include Neanderthals as H. sapiens? I’m willing to bet they found some sort of Neanderthal-Erectus hybrid but they aren’t about to admit that for God’s sake!!!
According to the latest assessment these skulls originally thought to be Neanderthal accompanied by stone tools usually found at Neanderthal sites have been thrown into doubt. After reassessment the fossils were determined to be archaic H. sapiens or perhaps the result of H. sapiens interbreeding with Neanderthals.
In my mind the later possibility is much more likely. These fossils could be the result of interbreeding between Neanderthals and archaic H. sapiens. BUT they could also be the result of interbreeding between archaic humans and H. erectus as the Irhoud Skull 1 closely resembles those found of H. erectus. Whatever the case I think one thing is for certain and that is that these skulls DO represent INTERBREEDING and what we are looking at are the fossils of HYBRIDS!
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BTW anyone notice on our little ongoing map of H. erectus that MOST of the sites are near water? Just an observation I made a few days ago. I’m pretty sure H. erectus was a seafarer!