Longest title so far on da blergh! My mom says she’s very proud of my poasting career.
Manbonobopig theory is how I jokingly refer to one of Koanic’s last major blog posts, where he explained macroevolution of species through miscegenation/bestiality and backbreeding. You may remember that I also speculated the behavioral revolution of 100 kya in South Africa would coincide with the admixture of homo sapiens’ ancestors and homo heidelbergensis, a race of man-eating giants, which backbred into and effectively eliminated heidelbergensis to create homo denisova. (This result, if true, also predicts that heidelbergensis would have been a master/predator race and the proto-humans would be a slave/prey race.)
1) Behavioral revolutions correspond to hybridizations (reasonable).
2) There was a sophisticated artistic, bonesmithing culture in South Africa 90 kya that relied heavily on fishing (Katanda, Blombos). http://d1vn86fw4xmcz1.cloudfront.net/content/royptb/366/1567/1060/F1.large.jpg
(Google for “Blombos cave art”)
I’m proposing that Denisovans were giants born of Heidelbergensis (fairly reasonable). Their migration pattern suggests that they (or their hybrid descendants) preferred to stay near the coasts and were capable of crossing big water (e.g. Madagascar). It’s reasonable to suggest that they (or their hybrid descendants) became a culture of navigators with a spiritual connection to the stars and astronomy.
H/T Mobius Wolf:
Human line ‘nearly split in two’
By Paul Rincon
Science reporter, BBC News
Ancient humans started down the path of evolving into two separate species before merging back into a single population, a genetic study suggests.
The genetic split in Africa resulted in distinct populations that lived in isolation for as much as 100,000 years, the scientists say.
I take this as correct prediction even though this article is from 2008, because I’m personally feral and uneducated and didn’t know about it. More speculations here.