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Are we descended from different types of apes?
Did humans emerge not just in Africa but in other continents?
Wandering around Java I came across people who looked like Neanderthals.
Perhaps Neanderthals did not become extinct.
They may have intermarried with other human species.
On Java, I also came across some rather tiny people.
In 2003 archaeologists found the remains of tiny 'hobbits', who had lived on the Indonesian island of Flores 14,000 years ago.
Perhaps the hobbits are not extinct.
On 24 March 2010, we learn that Gene research published in the journal Nature has revealed a fourth human species.
The 4 are:
1. Neanderthals, who are supposed to have left Africa 400,000 years ago
2. The tiny 'hobbit' from Indonesia
3. Modern humans, who reportedly left Africa 50,000 years ago
("The 'all out of Africa' theory has been shown to be impossible by several DNA studies." - mathildasanthropologyblog/ )
4. The fourth species, which was around as recently as 40,000 years ago and lived in Russia in the centre of the Eurasian continent, where Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens were also present.
The DNA of the fourth species is human, but, very different from Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals.
The fourth species may have migrated out of Africa one million years ago.
On 20 March 2010, in a letter to the Financial Times, Robert Dick-Read pointed out that Indonesia has had a role in African history.
According to Dick-Read, not too long after the birth of Christ, Indonesians were visiting Africa.
The first inhabitants of Madagascar were Indonesians who arrived via the African mainland.
It is probable that the Zanj people of Zanzibar and Tanzania were Afro-Indonesians.
Indonesians may have rounded the Cape, and settled along parts of the west coast of Africa.
The evidence comes from things found in Africa which have Asian origins:
(1) plantains, yams, maize and other non-African plants.
(2) elephantiasis which had Asian origins.
(3) musical instruments such as the xylophone.
(4) crafts connected with glass-making.
(5) certain religious belief systems such as divination