Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Social ScienceAnthropology · 2 months ago

Don’t you think it’s weird that there’s only one kind of human?

Every other animals has loads of varieties. E.g. birds. There’s a million different kinds of birds. But we’re the only humans. That’s strange.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    There were loads of other Hominids. We killed them off. The last Neanderthals went extinct 30K ago.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    There are many kinds of primates.

  • amy
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    The answer is there use to be many diferent types of humans. However last ice age bottle necked humans. Though Neanderthals extinction is not known for sure there are many different proposed answers for this.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    There are more than one kind of human, anthropologist in the west only change their view to one  kind of human only after WW2 because of political correctness.

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  • 2 months ago

    Not really. There is evidence for interbreeding between archaic and modern humans during the Middle Paleolithic and early Upper Paleolithic. The interbreeding happened in several independent events that included Neanderthals and Denisovans, as well as several unidentified hominids. Although the narratives of human evolution are often contentious, DNA evidence shows that human evolution should not be seen as a simple linear or branched progression, but a mix of related species. In fact, genomic research has shown that hybridization between substantially diverged lineages is the rule, not the exception, in human evolution. Furthermore, it is argued that hybridization was an essential driving force in the emergence of modern humans.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    there are at least 6 species of human

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It is not really weird. As little as 40,000 years ago, there were at least 2 different species of humans, and before that the situation was similar. The reason many species can coexist in nature is because they all have different niches, or ways of making a living.  If two species with the same niche were to meet in nature, they will either evolve to be different (niche differentiation) so they no longer compete, or else one of the two species may become extinct (competitive exclusion). If they live in different areas and never meet then they do not compete and can coexist even if they occupy identical niches.  If you look at wild cats for example, we have many species living in, say, Africa, but they are very different in terms of niches. Lions and cheetahs for example have very different hunting strategies. Other cats are much smaller and they also eat different things and hunt differently than the big ones. OTOH, the same kind of cat can live in 2 different areas and they can coexist since they do not meet.

    If you look at great apes, there is only a single species in Asia, the orangutan. In Africa, we have 2 species of great apes, the gorilla and the chimp. The chimp occupies a different niche as the gorilla, as it will hunt monkeys for food. This is niche differentiation since the gorilla is not known to eat meat. They coexist because of niche differentiation and because they also do not live in the same area. The gorilla will physically muscle chimps out of their territory. The bonobo is very similar to the chimp but it lives alone in a small area where gorillas and chimps are not found. Therefore the bonobo can exist since it does not have to compete against the other apes in that small area they are found.

    There were Neanderthals in Europe and West Asia and there were H. erectus or archaic humans in SE Asia, coexisting with modern humans in Africa, even though they have the same niche as us modern humans, by occupying areas where modern humans did not yet exist. Unfortunately for them, when modern humans left Africa 60,000 years ago, we came into contact with them, and we drove these 2 other species to extinction by outcompeting them. Neither modern humans nor Neanderthals evolved to avoid competition with one another, and in fact, there is fossil evidence that modern humans threw spears at Neanderthals and killed them. So it is not weird that there is only 1 species of human, because we expanded our range from Africa to most places on earth and exterminated the other species through competition. There is only 1 species of humans left because of the well known ecological principle known as competitive exclusion.

  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Humans kill off each other for being a little different. No other species is like that. We are part of primates, and other primates exist. 

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