Professor Colin Groves, School of Archaeology & Anthropology, ANU, spoke on
HOBBIT FROM THE
Homo floresiensis, the Hobbit, caused a sensation when its discovery was announced late in 2004. So tiny, so unexpected, so late in time yet so primitive - and right on Australia's doorstep. Since then it has been accused of being anything from an australopithecine to a bird-headed dwarf. What was it, really, and how does it fit into the human family tree?
The mind's big bang
SBS/PBS/WGBH2's 7 part series on Evolution was screened.
how evolution moved from the biological sphere to the human mental
sphere. Colin Groves showed by a graph that the brain
evolved from about 0.4L to about 1.4L from 6 million years ago to about
35 000 years ago when the mind did its big bang. With that human
society began, complex language capability developed, social status
consciousness and "symbolic" life arose, technology transfer between individuals and groups became possible, rapid
development began; no evidence of such technology transfer and
symbolic life has been found in the Neanderthals, for modern humans
evolution passed from
being biologically determined to human mind directed; our
future became what we humans make of it; the human species became the
most successful - so far!
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