Can You Crush This Test on the History of Homo Sapiens?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz
Our famous celebrities and politicians may not always act like it, but homo sapiens is an incredibly advanced animal species with a very long history. What started as an evolutionary branch of the apes eventually turned into a super-smart creature able to wield an incredible variety of tools and instruments in the pursuit of survival and the care of offspring. In this hair-raising quiz, are you a warm-blooded hominid or a cold-blooded genetics castaway?
In terms of geologic time, humans are a very recent manifestation of life. Even compared to other relatively advanced type of animals, like certain primates, homo sapiens are virtually brand new. What do you know about the timeline of this species’ development and how it progressed to today’s modern humans?
As evolution progressed, homo sapiens picked up some notable behavioral patterns. Those behaviors, such as the domestication of fire, the raising of crops and the making of ever more sophisticated tools are all hallmarks of this species. Get your warm-blooded heart pumping in this homo sapiens quiz now!
What does "homo sapiens" mean, anyway?
"man's best friend"
Homo sapiens is (for the moment) the planet's most powerful species. "Homo sapiens" means "wise man."
Where were the oldest known remains of homo sapiens found?
The discovery literally flipped the Africa script. In 2017, homo sapiens remains found in Morocco, on the west coast of Africa, made it clear that our species didn't necessarily arise in eastern Africa, the place most scientists placed our origins.
What was the area of the modern Sahara Desert like hundreds of thousands of years ago?
a hot hellscape
green and lush
These days, you'd never know it, but hundreds of thousands of years ago the Sahara Desert was a green and wonderful place for life of all kinds. The region helped our ancestors reproduce and spread all over the continent and eventually, the world.
About 40,000 years ago Neanderthals died out. In a changing environment (one that was gettng colder), the species struggled to adapt to difficult hunting conditions and eventually faded from the evolution of humans.
As predecessors to homo sapiens evolved, which part of their anatomy grew perpetually larger?
As you've probably already noted, it's the (relative) intelligence of homo sapiens that makes us stand out in the animal crowd. That's why our species (and ancestors) demonstrated ever-larger skulls and brains with which to fill them.
Recent discoveries mean that a lot of scientists now refer to which place as the birthplace of homo sapiens?
all of Africa
With the 2017 publication in "Nature," it's clear that homo sapiens arose all over Africa. The so-called Garden of Eden wasn't just a small place … it was a broad swath of territory that gave rise to our incredible race.