The point of all this is that other members of our genus Homo don’t represent unintelligent, non-human, ape-like forms.
In contrast to the australopithecines, the major members of our genus Homo — such as erectus and the Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis) — are very similar to modern humans.
If human beings evolved from ape-like creatures, what were the transitional species between ape-like hominins and the truly human-like members of the genus Homo found in the fossil record?
Accompanying the praise of a “missing link” were what might be called retroactive confessions of ignorance.
Let’s examine some of the main early hominin fossils and the debates surrounding them.