On the Shoulders of Giants, Our Denisovan Ancestors

On the Shoulders of Giants, Our Denisovan Ancestors

In 2010, the traditional theory of who we are and where we came from got knocked on its head. It was an exciting year. It was an exasperating year. It was a frustrating year. And it was a breathtaking time, all at once. But it was only the beginning. There is a common saying in scientific circles that ‘uncommon claims demand uncommon proof’. So, when a brand new human species that no one knew about was discovered, people awaited some pretty serious evidence.

Spread and Evolution of Denisovans (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Spread and Evolution of Denisovans (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Modern Skepticism Revisited

I have a confession to make. I was no different than anyone else. I was skeptical. Shortly after this time I was just beginning to do research for a book which would later turn out to be called Ancient Gods: Lost Histories, Hidden Truths and the Conspiracy of Silence. Reading a book that one has published some years ago, is like stepping into a time capsule. I like to think I am pretty open-minded and receptive to new research, but when I read what I wrote back then it makes me shudder. In a passage fairly dripping with disdain I wrote these words:


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