We only have a minuscule percentage of the puzzle pieces on the table.
There are a lot of pieces between this guy and any of the known founding Eves.
We know roughly where the pieces need to be to put the puzzle together, but we also know there are a lot of blank places on the table, we know the missing pieces are scattered in various boxes in the attic, the basement, next door and that well over half of them got lost in various moves from here to there.
We know it’s a family portrait, we have a vague idea of the background, we don’t know exactly which family members sat for the portrait, and there are enough puzzle pieces in the boxes to make a couple dozen portraits, landscapes, pictures of trains and Parisian cafés.
Other than that, it’s a simple matter of putting the puzzle together...
The pieces are buried in backyards. Random backyards. All over town. And no one thought to mark the locations at the time of burial.
Is the author suggesting there was an intermediate progenitorto NOT include Neandertal?