Skip to comments.What Happened to the Hominids Who May Have Been Smarter Than Us?
Posted on 01/05/2010 12:54:26 AM PST by Bobalu
Two neuroscientists say that a now-extinct race of humans had big eyes, child-like faces, and an average intelligence of around 150, making them geniuses among Homo sapiens.
The history of evolutionary studies has been dogged by the intuitively attractive, almost irresistible idea that the whole great process leads to greater complexity, to animals that are more advanced than their predecessors. The pre-Darwin theories of evolution were built around this idea; in fact, Darwins (and Wallaces) great and radical contribution was to throw out the notion of progress and replace it with selection from among a set of random variations. But people do not easily escape from the idea of progress. Were drawn to the idea that we are the end point, the pinnacle not only of the hominids but of all animal life.
Boskops argue otherwise. They say that humans with big brains, and perhaps great intelligence, occupied a substantial piece of southern Africa in the not very distant past, and that they eventually gave way to smaller-brained, possibly less advanced Homo sapiensthat is, ourselves.
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Too bad these brilliant monkeys did not see fit to record their thoughts for posterity. Nor, apparently, were they bright enough to transcend their environment the way man did.
A cavewoman admires his accomplishment and takes a liking to him. A second caveman looks on enviously, hits Steve Martin on the head with a rock, killing him, and gains the attention of the cavewoman.
The use of fire must wait a little longer.
Okay we’ve got two neuroscientists concurring, got the peer review issue solved.
Well we don't know that. The native Americans of North America had no written language, yet they were intelligent enough to live in organized societies.
These “people” obviously moved to another plane, like the Anasazi indians.
"Mmmmm ... tastes like chicken!"
LOL that’s funny!
Looks like my ex-fiancee’s family
Oh man... these were space aliens... don’t these scientists know anything!?
Your reply to HiTech RedNeck sounds like apples to oranges to me.
What happened to them?
They voted for a prehistoric version of ‘Hope And Change’.
Big eyes, Bigger brains, doesn’t mean more intelligent.
The fact that they left no cioviliztion remnants save their own bones is a testimony to a sportive evolutionary line, but nothing more.
Amazing how scientists jump to weird conclusions about intelligence. That cannot be measured by physical characteristic alone. Intelligence can only be measured by performance. Are there any artifacts which testify to that alleged higher untelligence, a lap top, flashlight, batteries, radios?(sarc.)
Hmmm, which one is Ballmer?
“They died and we lived, and we cant answer the question why.”
Cuz we were smarter and better able to adapt.
If they were smarter, they would care more for the environment — as smart people do. They would also realize that man is an enemy of the earth. So they killed themselves.
Why do scientists insist on speculating when they have no evidence to do so? Sure you can conclude from physical evidence that these creatures' brains must have been large but you cannot speculate as to their intelligence. I could write the same thing and say they were "perhaps incredibly stupid" based on the same "reasoning."
“Boskops argue otherwise. They say that humans with big brains, and perhaps great intelligence, occupied a substantial piece of southern Africa in the not very distant past, and that they eventually gave way to smaller-brained, possibly less advanced Homo sapiensthat is, ourselves.”
They probably became liberals that were to smart for their britches, and they gave the vote to all the dummies (us) and they were taxed and worked to extinction! ;-)
The big brains developed the concept of "pacifism", which turned out not to be a survival trait.
Is that Bill Gates? Front row, left?
They only thought they were smarter than us. They inevitably became leftists. They attempted to make "peace" with their predators and now their species is extinct.
These idiots are “profiling” the intelligence of the monkeys based on their apperance. There is just no way they can know they had an average IQ of 150 based on appearance.
The same people that believe in this junk science are the same ones that believe in global warming, probably decendants of the monkeys the article is about. Demoncraps that think with their emotions instead of logic.
Where did they go?
As extreme intellectuals, they found the joy of being gay and as they all became gay their efforts to reproduce failed due to an error in calculating (intellectuals do that) the placement of their reproductive tools.
Due to this error, the species failed to exist.
A very large brain means that a mother has a higher chance of fatality delivering a child with such a large head. The other option is to deliver a less developed child who will be weaker, sicklier and dependent for much longer. Neither is very desirable option.
Interestingly, the debunker of the Boskop man - one John Hawks, just happens to be from Madison, Wi - bastion of liberalism wherein it its well known that liberals have the biggest brains ever, which is why they now run Europe, Britan and the US. There is no way that any previous human species could have bigger brains and be more intelligent than any present day liberal!
As Hawks says about Boskop:
“Extrapolated straight from worlds that never happened!”
That is SO bad. I can’t stop chuckling.
I had a similar thought.
Liberal democrats feared them, banned them from speaking, then stoned them to death.
Another ASSuption made by the self-described intellectual elite among us. I wonder how long it will be before that makes its way into public high school science textbooks.
So do bees and Ants.
Could that be the next step in Doogies evolution?
Really? Lucky for you, that’s Bill gates down in the lower left corner of the pic.
Rock wielder Bill Murray: "I am strong. And, now I am smart."
Some Neanderthals had bigger brains than we do, and so do elephants and whales. So sure, size matters, but size is not everything.
When humans and Neanderthals first came in contact, their tools etc. were roughly the same. But then slowly something happened. Human tools became more complex, sophisticated -- hi-tech if you will. Neanderthals' did not. And Neanderthals never conceived of cave paintings or sculptures. Why? Was it just IQ? Or was it something else?
We don't really know. I suspect culture had something to do with it.
Our ancestors ate them.
Not in this picture.
It is. And Paul Allen center rear.
More like pork, actually.
Amerinds invented wampum and other symbolic means of memorializing important transactions and events.
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Was this the founding cadre of Microsoft?
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