You know Homo Neanderthalensis and perhaps Homo Floresiensis (the "hobbit"). Now they've discovered another species of Homo that was living as recently as 40,000 years ago:
How odd to think that we once shared the planet with several other species of bipedal, intelligent hominans. Is this how the ancient mythology of elves and gnomes and such originated?
This new species apparently branched off from the human line of descent a million years ago! Yet now, we Homo Sapiens are the only humans left. It's a lonelier planet without our funky cousins. Why did they go extinct after surviving for eons? Did our ancestors play a part somehow?
It is a crazy chain of events that led to us being here instead of some other animal. Discoveries like this remind me how incredibly unlikely and fragile our existence is, and how important it is that we understand and honor our genetic legacy, lest we quickly follow our cousins into the dustbin of history and close the book on bipedal apes forever.
Here's to you, extinct Siberian hominid.