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Evolution/Extinct human ancestors


How many humanoid species (human ancestors) have become extinct?
What were their names?

It varies as to who you are talking to if some of these early prototypes were human.  We know that Homo sapiens mated with Neanderthals, and thus, they would be considered human.... their DNA is in our blood too.

I'd suggest you google "Human Evolution" and read the ton of stuff there.  You will find some writers stating that Australopithicines were human, and others state no.  Lucy was human, as is any extinct "critter" that has Homo in its name... Homo habilis, for example.

This is fun stuff to read, and the trees of the branches as to what went where are all hugely interesting.

One of the best titles to Google is "Tree of Human Evolution".  There are many charts, which compare such things as head and jaw shape.  Super fun stuff to read and know.

As well, if you are interested in closely compared skulls, have a look at the catalog on line called ""

This outfit makes exact, museum quality copies of all sorts of extinct animals that are purchased by museums who, say, would like a T-Rex, but there are simply none available...... they can get one from this outfit....., and some you can even buy, but they are expensive.

Have fun with this.  All of it is just hugely interesting.


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Elisabeth DeWald


I've been a public school teacher for 26 years. My major was history, but along the way, picked up minors in math, biology, zoology, and other life sciences. My whole life has been on one side of the desk or the other. Husband and Dad were both MDs so science and medicine was a natural for me. My dad once told me that I knew more medicine than most doctors. I can easily answer almost any life science question, most history questions, and lots of medical questions.


Taught math,history, science, geology, chemistry, biology in a public school setting

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Majored in history in college, minored in all those subject mentioned. Masters degree in education. Grad courses, but no degree in religious studies, U of Chicago, Divinity School.

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Award at my one of my colleges of Best Student, in History as a year end award.

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I tutored for two years in math. Math however, if not used daily fades. My area of competency is in honors first year algebra, at this point.

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