How Good Would It Have Been To Share The World With Other Species Of Humans?

We have not always been alone. Since the Genus Homo, the Human animal, evolved in Africa we are but one of many. At one point in time Homo sapiens shared the planet with at least three other species of Humans and probably more.

We were all intelligent tool makers and fire users and we probably all used language and had customs and rituals.

Who knows what we lost with the loss of our fellow species? What music, art, dance and creativity would they have had? What different thoughts and insights?

We are not even the most intelligent. The Neanderthals had considerably bigger brains than us – despite us portraying them as ignorant and stupid. Perhaps they were just too kind?

We’ll never know what we have lost because the last Neanderthals met their end just 30,000 years ago.

I wonder what religion would have made of many other species of intelligent Humans? Would they have been accepted as being made in God’s image? Or shunned as works of the devil?

It would certainly throw a spanner or two into the works wouldn’t it? Just as if we encounter aliens who believe in different things.

 

10 thoughts on “How Good Would It Have Been To Share The World With Other Species Of Humans?

      1. It is understood that Neanderthals evolved around 70 thousand years ago and inhabited northern Europe. Around 49 thousand years ago there was the ‘Big Freeze’ in northern Europe which lasted 1,000 years. Carbon dating study concludes Neanderthals partook in cannibalism during this period. Many female bones (as found) had been cut in half length ways to scoop out and eat the high protein bone marrow. More importantly modern Man bred with the Neanderthal, which may give reason to their gradual decline. Most of us have on average between 2-3.5% Neanderthal DNA.

        I’d consider the concept to question how religion would have reacted as extremely regressive, to the extent of being the last thing I’d want to know.

  1. It is understood that Neanderthals evolved around 70 thousand years ago and inhabited northern Europe. Around 49 thousand years ago there was the ‘Big Freeze’ in northern Europe which lasted 1,000 years. Carbon dating study concludes Neanderthals partook in cannibalism during this period. Many female bones (as found) had been cut in half length ways to scoop out and eat the high protein bone marrow. More importantly modern Man bred with the Neanderthal, which may give reason to their gradual decline. Most of us have on average between 2-3.5% Neanderthal DNA.

    I’d consider the concept to question how religion would have reacted as extremely regressive, to the extent of being the last thing I’d want to know.

    1. Hi Clive – thanks for your contribution – very interesting. The way this would effect religious thinking is of great interest to me. I think it would have quite an impact. But that’s just me.

      1. Sorry Opher, but that was my silly work colleague being smart with my pc when I wasn’t looking by copying and sticking his name on my stuff. I think he’s contributed before but not this post.
        Thanks, Terry.

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