Well, thanks to this li'l article, I think I'm in love with teh Dr. Meredith Small. :)
Human Family Tree Now a Tangled, Messy Bush
By Meredith F. Small, LiveScience's Human Nature Columnist
For anthropology students 30 years ago, learning human evolution was a breeze. It went from Australopithecus to Homo habilis to Homo erectus to various Homo sapiens. It was a straight shot that one could learn in a few minutes late at night while cramming for an exam.
The straight line has blossomed into a spreading, rather uncontrolled bush and we don’t like it. We want our history to be nice and neat, but the fossils keep messing us up.
This summer, scientists announced the discovery of two human fossils found in Kenya in 2000. One is a 1.44 million-year-old Homo habilis, the first member of our genus, and the other is a 1.55 million-year-old Homo erectus, a larger brained, much more sophisticated kind of human.
Although paleoanthropologsts have assumed that habilis evolved into erectus, it looks like these creatures spent time together on the shores of Lake Tanganika.
The big news, then, is that these very different fossils are being hung on the human family tree on separate branches but at the same height. And once again, we have to reconsider the path of human evolution.
But should we be all that surprised?
[G'head. Get Surprise! Surprise! Surprised! :-}]
If I have one complaint about this particular story, it's that it's simply too damn short. Still, I know that's integral to capturing folks attention with information that should be common knowledge, but might as well be hocus pocus for all that the average ape descendant understands it. Worse yet, studies show they're unlikely to retain the gist of the facts they've just read, even just a short time later.
But not yous guys!!!
Well, no worries. You know you can always (considerately) slap me down if I start to gettin' all pedantic on y'all. I do to be appreciatin' it, eh. After all, we are all, simply (LOL!!!) silly humans.