Re: Who Killed the Australopithecines?

Vincent DeLuca (
19 Apr 1995 02:09:56 GMT

In <> (BARD) writes:
>In article <>,
>Dave Oldridge <> wrote:
>>In article <>, (BARD) wrote:
>>> In article <>,
>>> Dave Oldridge <> wrote:
>>> >In article <>,
>>> >rtravsky@UWYO.EDU (Rich Travsky) wrote:
>>> >
>>> >> (BARD) writes:
>>> >> >
>>> The point here is that genocide seems the only logical
>>> to the extinction of A. species by H. habilis, H. habilis by H.
>>> erectus, H. erectus by H. sapiens.
>>I doubt it. And there's no real reason to assume it. Sure, some
>>individuals of earlier species were undoubtedly killed by members of
>>later species. That process continues to this day, but we rarely
>>chimps and gorillas out of any sense of revulsion or any desire to
>>commit genocide. More likely, the habitats just continued to change,
>>giving the newer hominids an ever greater advantage, while the
>>continued to thrive in THEIR habitats.
>>And it happened over far too long a period for it to be genocide.
>> --
>> Dave Oldridge
> _____________________________________________
> Man has been quite successful in the near-extermination of
> various ethnic groups. The need to do this on a more
> primitive level is what I believed happened to A.species.
> Mind you, H. habilis did not think of A.species as merely
> an ape, but rather, a cunning creature too intelligent to
> have around.
> We are repulsed by rats, yet find squirrels cute.
> Why...?
> Also, genocide is not defined by any time constraints I'm aware

In the study of Mitochondrial DNA it has been shown
(Wilson,Caan) that there has been no passage of genes from H. Erectus
>to H.Sapiens. One can agree with Bard that a sort of genocide took
>place on H.Erectus. One can also assume that this may be the case of
>the Australopithecines.