In 2001, French scientist Alain Beauvilain and three Chadian colleagues discovered a fossil cranium in the dunes of the Chadian Sahara Desert.
A snarky proposal, among others aimed at deflating the idea of humankind’s exceptional place in nature, suggests that our species is really misnamed.
“Synteny refers to how well chromosomal sequences from different species align with one another.”
Perhaps, humans, gorillas, and orangutans were designed based upon a common blueprint.
As Ann Gauger explains, there’s a gap of about a million years between when Australopithecines seem to depart from the fossil record and when modern humans unambiguously appear.