• Homo sapiens
  • Important specimens: Late early modern Homo sapiens
  • Important specimens: Early modern Homo sapiens
  • Important specimens: Archaic Homo sapiens

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind


By far the best known of them is Neanderthal man — named from the first fossil remains to be discovered, in 1856, in the Neander valley near Dusseldorf, in Germany. The scientific name of this subspecies is Homo sapiens neanderthalensis.

Whether it is Mozart, Hendrix, Miles Davis, or tribal drumming, few activities feel as uniquely human as music. And, indeed, for a long time, most scientists believed that Homo sapiens was the only species capable of creating and responding to rhythm and melody.


Homo sapiens sapiens, the true, modern human. - Ecotao

Archeology has come a long way in determining our human origins, and yet, there is much more still to discover. The scientific community argues that the Neanderthals are the missing link on the human evolution chain. However, when you look at the remains of the species, you find an undisputable distinction to the ape and homo sapien. Do we not see the features of this species in today’s human? There seems to be a problem with identifying this species with today’s human, because, in my opinion, they were classified as not altogether brainy nor great contributors to the evolution of man. This has not yet be proven, and is mere conjecture. As a species, we tend to justify our existence based on a “god-like” persona, which limits our thinking and learning that we could possible come from very humble and animalistic beginnings. The process in determining the connection has been slow, because society is not ready for the truth. Within that truth, our species would have to resign themselves to fact that we are more alike than we want to admit. The thought that an ape-like looking creature could be our ancestors dispels any notion that we are made in Gods image. Just a thought.