All people today are classified as Homo sapiens. Our species of humans first began to evolve nearly 200 thousand years ago in association with technologies not unlike those of the early Neanderthals. It is now clear that early Homo sapiens, or modern humans, did not come after the Neanderthals but were their contemporaries. However, it is likely that both modern humans and Neanderthals descended from Homo heidelbergensis.
200 thousand years? Recently discovered bones in a Moroccan mine thought to be up to 350 thousand years old are now believed to represent the earliest known Homo sapiens fossils.
Perhaps it’s time for a further evolutionary step: Why we’re closer than ever to a timeline for human evolution.
I’m just glad Homo Sapiens has not rested evolving at the stage as shown in Aaaaaaaah!, a 2015 British horror comedy film containing no dialogue, with the cast communicating entirely in animalistic grunts.
But then again, if we had evolved like that, we would not have anything else to compare with, would we?
Even as Homo Sapiens is today, we take it for granted, normal and consider it a logic outcome that has succeeded previous development stages. But where is it going from here? How much longer could one safely state that David, representing the human species, was on the top of the food chain and entitled to behave as if he was the ruler of the universe?
I’m Only Human…
…but I got rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights.
Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations.
It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.
The Future of Humanity
Dr. Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli historian and a tenured professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as author of international bestsellers.
He explains how revolutions in technology and society will transform our bodies and minds.
And no, this one’s not about Futurology.
Shaping Own Evolution
Like other species, we are the products of millions of years of adaptation. Now we’re taking matters into our own hands.
Meet the cyborg Neil Harbisson, a cyborg artist and transpecies activist based in New York City.
He is best known for being the first person in the world with an antenna mounted to his skull and for being legally recognized as a cyborg by a government.