As you know one of my favorite human species (or hybrids) are the Red Deer Cave People whose remains are found in two cave sites in China. These prehistoric human ancestors have been described as “highly unusual” due to some of their peculiar features and one of those odd features was their flaring cheek bones (zygomatic arches).
In Caucasian people these arches are extended outward the least while in Asians they are extended outward the most. In Africans the zygomatic arches are somewhere in between Africans and Caucasians. Returning to Asians, their cheek bones are extended outward the most and this is what we see in the Red Deer Cave People fossil remains. However, the extent to which these arches extend outward in the Red Deer Cave People are extended much farther outward than those we see in modern Asians. Also, extended zygomatic arches were also a feature of Homo erectus.
So what was the purpose for the great extension of the cheek bones? Some theorists have speculated that the highly extended cheek bones combined with heavy brow ridges were designed by nature to protect the eyes of the human ancestor especially during combat! The heavy brow ridges also helped shade the eyes from the sun so they may be on to something here. The Red Deer Cave People also had somewhat heavy brow ridges.
The Red Deer Cave People lived in China around 11-14 kya and they are considered “archaic humans” (a pre-modern people). I am fairly certain that the Red Deer Cave People where an Asian Homo erectus or, at least, an Asian H. erectus HYBRID! Modern Asians have nowhere near the cheek extension that these people had and, of course, they don’t have brow ridges either and that is because modern Asians are modern humans. When something is no longer needed nature has a way of eliminating it and in this case obviously greatly extended cheek bones and heavy browridges were deemed no longer necessary so nature eliminated them in modern Asians.
Now here is something else to consider. As Anthropologist and Professor John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and others have pointed out there is a “mystery” seen in the fossil remains of Homo erectus. That “mystery” is that for some unknown reason EARLY erectus had smaller brow ridges than LATER erectus! We would expect to see the opposite but we don’t!
So how do we explain this “mystery”? It certainly is possible that later H. erectus interbred with some other archaic species such as H. habilis (if they were still around) and the result was a devolved erectus. However, it is also possible that for some reason nature (evolution) found it necessary to return the heavy brow ridges to later erectus to protect the eyes and shade them from the sun. If so, then we must as what was going on that required the return of these features in later erectus. Could the sun have become brighter? Possibly. Did erectus engage in heavy combat with some unknowns? This too is possible.
H. erectus was, in my estimation, FAR from being the hairy, barbaric “ape-man.” I think there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that H. erectus was quite the adventurer and explorer. They was also a seafarers and, likely, quite the warrior I would even say! So, if later H. erectus ventured more into unknown lands and encountered other hominids not so friendly and combat raged often then this would explain why nature (evolution) returned the brow ridges to H. erectus! And, frankly, I think that is EXACTLY what happened!
We see the same kind of heavy brow ridges and extended cheek bones in the Red Deer Cave People and I STRONGLY hold the view now that these people were ASIAN HOMO ERECTUS!! And they existed 11-14 kya!! Of course that upsets the establishments timeline but so be it!!
We also find some of these same features seen in H. erectus and the Red Deer Cave People in Australoids. Clearly, erectus left his mark in Asia and SE Asia and elsewhere! I am hoping that viable DNA can be obtained from the Red Deer Cave People fossil bones and that it can be sequenced because when it is we will then have ERECTUS DNA sequenced in my opinion. Stay tuned……………… 🙂
Previous posts about the Red Deer Cave People: