Apropos of nothing, here are the names I use inside my head for the edenic types. I’d need to check these with someone who knows Latin:
Melonheads = “the rationalists” = homo economicus.
Neanderthals = “the dreamers” = homo naturalis.
Cro magnons = “the republicans” = homo politicus.
Sapiens = “the opportunists” = homo impulse…sus. Impulsus.
Heidelbergensis = “the man-eaters” = homo gigantus, homo magnus, homo cannibalis, something that communicates the idea of man-eating giants.
Denisovans are tricky because we have zero reason to believe my previous wild speculative anthropology post is correct, except that it’s kinda plausible. My feeling is that they were more vampiric than properly cannibalistic, and kept herds of hominids like cattle stock rather than merely hunting them. So basing my opinion on that, I figure the name ought to call out the amoral familism that characterizes these psychopaths. Homo vampirus? Maybe I should shop that one a bit. On the other hand, I am much more confident that melonheads in general exist on a spectrum between denisovan-leaning and neanderthal-leaning, i.e. snakes vs. owls. Hence the tension between the two.
Habilis I haven’t decided on. I think they were the ancestors of neanderthals, and maybe had a common ancestor with heidelbergensis or sapiens. So, to sum up my anthropology (aeolipology, if you will): Early on there were three races, heidelbergensis, habilis, and sapiens or the progeniturs of sapiens. Enter hybrid theory. The only rule in hybrid theory is “if the bits can fit, they eventually will”. That is, the probability that two mutually fertile species in close proximity will hybridize approaches 100% over time.
Habilis hybridized with somebody to create neanderthals. Heidelbergensis hybridized with sapiens, backbreeding into heidelbergensis to create denisovans. Denisovans hybridized with neanderthal to create melonheads. No idea in which direction the backbreeding would have gone in that case. Melonhead then hybridized with something to create early cro magnon proper, probably sapiens. The big-skulled ones are nowadays called EMH: “early modern humans”. I suspect fuckery in this, but I don’t know why exactly. Cro magnon would have backbred into sapiens. Then these cro magnons hybridized with neanderthals to create EMH, backbreeding into cro magnon.
Anyway, that’s where my head’s at these days.