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Eldorado

Did we kill all our human cousins?

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Eldorado

"The spread of modern humans out of Africa has caused a sixth mass extinction, a greater than 40,000-year event extending from the disappearance of Ice Age mammals to the destruction of rainforests by civilisation today.

"But were other humans the first casualties?"

Full monty at Science Alert: https://www.sciencealert.com/did-homo-sapiens-kill-off-all-the-other-humans

And at The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/were-other-humans-the-first-victims-of-the-sixth-mass-extinction-126638

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RabidMongoose

There is no evidence of warfare between different human species.

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Desertrat56

23 and Me says all of us have Neanderthal DNA so we didn't wipe them out, we just integrated them.

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Socio
7 hours ago, Desertrat56 said:

23 and Me says all of us have Neanderthal DNA so we didn't wipe them out, we just integrated them.

I would expect not voluntarily. 

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RabidMongoose
7 hours ago, Desertrat56 said:

23 and Me says all of us have Neanderthal DNA so we didn't wipe them out, we just integrated them.

Looking in the mirror I highly suspect I have Homo Erectus DNA too never mind the 2% to 4% Neanderthal DNA.

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Jon the frog

I think we are a mix-up of different ''species'' of hominids. The fittest survived in the end until we have discovered an economy based selection system. Now we are screwed...

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Rolci

Of course we did, just look at our violent species, we are in the habit of killing our own. Ruled by greed, jealosy, anger, revenge, controlled by emotions decided by chemical reactions in the body. Evolution at its best. We kill everything we touch, beginning with our own natural environment, all in the name if comfort because most people are too lazy to walk 50 yards to the nearest post office. And don't forget our "need" for entertainment - we need TV sets, consoles and all sorts of gadges built from the innards of Gaia that we have plundered her of based on the false premise that her resources are limitless! The one species that is incapable of living in balance and harmony with nature, except for a few tribes we like to call "primitive".

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RabidMongoose
2 hours ago, Rolci said:

Of course we did, just look at our violent species, we are in the habit of killing our own. Ruled by greed, jealosy, anger, revenge, controlled by emotions decided by chemical reactions in the body. Evolution at its best. We kill everything we touch, beginning with our own natural environment, all in the name if comfort because most people are too lazy to walk 50 yards to the nearest post office. And don't forget our "need" for entertainment - we need TV sets, consoles and all sorts of gadges built from the innards of Gaia that we have plundered her of based on the false premise that her resources are limitless! The one species that is incapable of living in balance and harmony with nature, except for a few tribes we like to call "primitive".

The skeletal evidence for warfare does not exist.

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Stiff
On 11/23/2019 at 4:23 PM, Desertrat56 said:

 all of us have Neanderthal DNA so we didn't wipe them out, we just integrated them.

This is pretty much my view. All the species which ever crossed paths I imagine also bred at some point. Whether by choice, or more than likely, this...

On 11/23/2019 at 11:55 PM, Socio said:

I would expect not voluntarily. 

There must have been a fair bit of rape from both species in a time where there was absolutely no law and order. I reckon it would've been pretty commonplace back then.

3 hours ago, Jon the frog said:

I think we are a mix-up of different ''species'' of hominids. The fittest survived in the end until we have discovered an economy based selection system.

 

Pretty much sums up my thoughts exactly.

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Almighty Evan
On 11/23/2019 at 6:55 PM, Socio said:

I would expect not voluntarily. 

Perhaps not by first choice, but even now, closing time encourages some interesting volunteers. 

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Harte
4 hours ago, Rolci said:

Of course we did, just look at our violent species, we are in the habit of killing our own. Ruled by greed, jealosy, anger, revenge, controlled by emotions decided by chemical reactions in the body. Evolution at its best. We kill everything we touch, beginning with our own natural environment, all in the name if comfort because most people are too lazy to walk 50 yards to the nearest post office. And don't forget our "need" for entertainment - we need TV sets, consoles and all sorts of gadges built from the innards of Gaia that we have plundered her of based on the false premise that her resources are limitless! The one species that is incapable of living in balance and harmony with nature, except for a few tribes we like to call "primitive".

All humans (Homo) engaged in the same killing activity. It should be pointed out here that the article claims we killed the others off. If we hadn't, one of them would have killed US off. In other words, you're lamenting your own existence.

The extinction of other species of humans was a natural outcome, as the article explains.

Plus, it's likely that diseases were the primary factor in the outcome. Diseases could account for the VAST majority of the population losses that lead to extinctions.

Harte

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