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August 10, 2012
Homo rudolfensis, skull, Africa satellite

The photo on the left is © Fred Spoor and derived from The image on the right is from wikimedia commons (I admit that I did skew this satellite image slightly).

Apparently our ancestors used to think that objects having a similar shape or appearance were connected or had a shared origin. Looking at the beautiful composite image of Homo rudolfensis that was released this week, I was struck by a similarity of shape, as shown above.

Is it a coincidence that early hominids originated in the continent that looks the most like their skull? Almost certainly. Still, on the basis of this comparison, imagine what we might look like if we had evolved in North America.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Peter Lee permalink
    August 10, 2012 10:16 am

    Neat observation Graham!

    • Graham permalink*
      August 10, 2012 10:42 am

      Thanks Peter. It is a pretty lightweight post, but I still couldn’t resist.

  2. August 10, 2012 11:26 am


  3. Graham permalink*
    August 10, 2012 11:35 am

    Just another rorschach, Karen!

  4. Sean Robson permalink
    August 10, 2012 11:58 am

    That’s very cool, Graham, I’ve never noticed how much Africa resembles a the profile of a human skull. I’m sure New Agers will interpret this as further evidence of a ‘quantum universe.’

    • Graham permalink*
      August 10, 2012 12:01 pm

      Yes Sean, undoubtedly. Perhaps the stores that sell quartz crystals and little pyramids could also sell some sort of item based on this.

  5. settleandchase permalink
    August 11, 2012 2:41 pm

    Wow! Interesting observation..

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