Posted by: Christopher Noël on January 26th, 2017
We once believed that our direct ancestors, Homo sapiens, fifty thousand years ago, had to contend with only a couple of thuggish and inferior contemporaries—Homo neanderthalis and Homo heidelbergensis. Then came Homo floresiensis in 2003, Homo denisovans in 2010, Homo argeninsis and Homo moraviansis in 2019, and eleven more since then, along with the recognition—forced on us by whole genome analysis—that back in the day, we all hopped from cave to cave, sharing our DNA like the common cold.
The wide array of surviving hairy kinfolk—Almas, Orang Pendek, Sasquatch, Yeren, Yeti, Yowie, and so on—emerged from this bubbling Homosphere like mutts from an unchaperoned dog park. Or, to elevate the imagery a little…we now understand that each distinct woodland variety represents its own winning chord in the ancient mixed chorus.