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How Denis the hermit led to the Denisovans

The story of the the unravelling of the genes from a bone fragment of the finger of a little girl about 8 years old who “probably had dark hair, dark eyes, and dark skin” and who died in a cave in the Altay mountains of southern Siberia between 30,000 and 50,000 years ago. Continue reading

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What led humans to counting and when?

I speculate that the need to communicate to others lies not only behind speech but also behind the development of counting. I further speculate that the increasing complexities of co-operation and their requirements for communication was what drove the parallel – and inter-linked – development of speech and numerology starting some 150,000 years ago. Continue reading

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