A “braided stream”

The article here documents how thinking is changing, or has changed, regarding the line of human development, suggesting that modern humans arose from a braided and complex series of interactions among earlier human groups. What I find interesting here is how Homo Erectus, the most successful earlier human in terms of longevity (nearly 2 millions years!) overlaps all subsequent forms (Neanderthal, Denisovian, etc) nearly to the present day. My thesis is that “modern” humans arose from earlier or other forms when somehow the intermixing enabled people to tell stories and thus carry culture, and this happened 70,000 to 100,000 years ago.


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