What Happened to the Hominids Who May Have Been Smarter Than Us?

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Tue, Jul 6th, 2010 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Two neuroscientists say that a now-extinct race of humans, the Boskops, had big eyes, child-like faces, and an average intelligence of around 150, making them geniuses among Homo sapiens. Yet today, although Neanderthals and Homo erectus are widely known, Boskops are almost entirely forgotten. Some of our ancestors are clearly inferior to us, with smaller brains and apelike countenances. They're easy to make fun of and easy to accept as our precursors. In contrast, the very fact of an ancient ancestor like Boskop, who appears un-apelike and in fact in most ways seems to have had characteristics superior to ours, was destined never to be popular.

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