Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The Boskop Kid
Check out the little dude to the left in the "Before" picture under "Gunnar Berg". Note the silly size of his melon, the ratio of small face to big forehead. He's a Boskop. (Disclaimer time: I'm one of those people who took a couple of classes and know just enough to be really dangerous.) We first found his bones 1913. I spent a good chunk of yesterday reading about Boskop Man, the extinct race of hominids who lived in South Africa 10,000 to 30,000 years ago. Okay, maybe not a race; maybe a subspecies of Homo Sapiens. Or maybe not; maybe just a local variation. It's one of those things that the more you read, the less you know. Little Boskey is all over the internet, even showing up as a race of space aliens. The only thing for certain is he had childlike facial features and a huge cranium, far larger than modern humans have. Part of the issue we have is we like to think of ourselves as a pinnacle. Little Home Erectus came along a couple of million years ago, upright with an itty-bitty brain, and we just kept getting bigger and better. We're more intelligent. We have the Internet. We're better. Then that damn pesky Bighead Boskop shows up. So, maybe yes, and maybe no - to whatever your question is.