New Trouble for Homo Erectus
Mystery Casebook Blog written by Lisa A. Shiel-author of Backyard Bigfoot, a ForeWord magazine 2006 Book of the Year finalist

Founder of the Michigan Upper Peninsula Bigfoot Organization (MUPBO)

Monday, August 27, 2007-A few weeks ago, an article in the journal Nature related the discovery that Homo erectus and Homo habilis may have coexisted. The new evidence suggests habilis and erectus coexisted, and that habilis did not evolve into erectus. A number of paleoanthropologists had already reached the conclusion that habilis is not a direct ancestor of erectus. Those same paleoanthropologists also see human origins as bushy, rather than a nice, neat tree. But another discovery related in the same Nature article has received little attention.

The researchers discovered an erectus skull cap so small they at first mistook it for a child. Their study of the skull cap revealed, however, that it belonged to a female in her late teens. This finding raises a thorny issue. The sexual dimorphism—the size difference—between males and females of the erectus species appears much larger than previously assumed. Homo erectus had a long way to go to evolve into modern humans—yet erectus is supposed to be our direct ancestor.

What does this mean for standard theories about human evolution? Most likely, researchers will ignore the finding, or perhaps dream up a lame excuse for why the study of the skull cap must have been flawed. Evidence that contradicts the accepted theories gets tossed out, ridiculed, or just plain ignored.

Posted by Lisa A. Shiel at 1:48 PM

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