Humans are Nothing Special

Asian Homo erectus died without issue and does not enter our immediate ancestry (for we evolved from African populations); Neanderthal people were collateral cousins, perhaps already living in Europe while we emerged in Africa... In other words, we are an improbable and fragile entity, fortunately successful after precarious beginnings as a small population in Africa, not the predictable end result of a global tendency. We are a thing, an item of history, not an embodiment of general principles.


"We are a thing, an item of history, not an embodiment of general principles."

Folksonomies: evolution

/science/social science/history (0.635128)
/travel/tourist destinations/africa (0.330003)
/travel/tourist destinations/europe (0.126414)

Asian Homo erectus (0.932138 (negative:-0.306359)), predictable end result (0.861210 (negative:-0.431598)), general principles (0.803758 (neutral:0.000000)), precarious beginnings (0.703737 (positive:0.207730)), collateral cousins (0.687770 (negative:-0.375510)), immediate ancestry (0.683794 (negative:-0.306359)), Neanderthal people (0.681375 (negative:-0.375510)), fragile entity (0.680895 (negative:-0.440915)), African populations (0.660589 (neutral:0.000000)), global tendency (0.650968 (negative:-0.431599)), small population (0.634901 (positive:0.207730)), embodiment (0.609791 (neutral:0.000000)), item (0.533553 (neutral:0.000000)), thing (0.532494 (neutral:0.000000)), history (0.472322 (neutral:0.000000)), Humans (0.462882 (negative:-0.348557)), issue (0.441549 (negative:-0.306359)), Europe (0.440395 (negative:-0.266008))

Africa:Continent (0.960017 (negative:-0.029139)), Europe:Continent (0.601090 (negative:-0.266008))

Africa (0.952720): dbpedia | freebase | yago
Homo erectus (0.900068): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc | yago
Human (0.732568): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Neanderthal (0.703920): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc | yago | geonames
Human evolution (0.646586): dbpedia | freebase
Homo ergaster (0.580413): dbpedia | freebase | yago
World population (0.552233): website | dbpedia | freebase
English-language films (0.478829): dbpedia

 Wonderful life
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Gould , Stephen Jay (1990), Wonderful life, W. W. Norton & Company, Retrieved on 2012-05-30
  • Source Material []
  • Folksonomies: science