Outdoing Ozymandius

The view from an ice age condo

From a tiny fragment of finger bone found in a Siberian cave in 2008, researchers have surmised the existence of another species of human who might have walked the planet alongside Homo neanderthalis and the Homo sapiens from whom we moderns have descended. The cave, apparently, was a pretty good spot, because people were living there for over ten thousand years. But the strange fact of the sliver of a finger being the only trace remaining of an entire species of hominid leaves one to wonder about the transience of life — not to mention the question of whom else might have disappeared whilst we waited for the ice to melt.

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