Lynch and Granger: What Happened to the Boskops?

Via Slashdot, here’s a really interesting (to me, at least) article in Discover: What Happened to the Hominids Who Were Smarter Than Us? It’s excerpted from Gary Lynch and Richard Granger’s book, Big brain: the origins and future of human intelligence.

It’s a good reminder that our self-serving notions of progress, while providing a comforting myth, are not necessarily always supported by the fossil record.

4 Responses to “Lynch and Granger: What Happened to the Boskops?”

  1. knarlyknight Says:

    Thanks, I’d never heard of Boskops despite being intrigued with archaeology and anthropology. I.e., this kind of stuff (Wade Davis is one smart human being):

    Not sure where to classify this though…

  2. knarlyknight Says:

    oops, I meant not sure where to place this on, as in the “surviving idiots” …

  3. enkidu Says:

    Well I read an article on the intertubes that ‘they’ found some evidence that early humans actually might have killed and, er, well, eaten the Neanderthals right out of existence.

    I for one welcome our fellow hominid Neanderthal guests to dinner, I know we shall be friends forever, except that you are so delicious prepared in a variety of ways. Sorry about that (light eructation noise – camera fades to black)

  4. enkidu Says:

    great TED link knarly!
    I had heard the ‘shit knife’ story before

    he almost says “mud hut countries” at the start of this talk (almost)


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