The narrative of the transition from Ape to Man is contained within one astonishing cut in the film 2001…
…but 4 Million years of history contains a lot of potential stories. I am thinking about setting my next novel (after the Singularity’s Children series) back at the Dawn of Man.
It looks like we coexisted and even bred with many other species of Hominid and some of those seem to have been pretty smart. Recent discoveries show that Neanderthals were making cave art hundreds of thousands of years ago.
Neanderthal cave art, spain.
‘Haplo Groups‘ markers allow us to trace humanities deep ancestry. We (Homo Sapiens) left Africa 70K years ago to spread our seed across the world, mingling and mating with the local—as we tend to do.
We eventually replaced the ‘other‘ and history started…
But I love the gaps—into which stories can be inserted!
Anyway, I think there is plenty of material for a book set at the Dawn of Man…
…what do you think? Would you read it? Or shall I go 12,000 years the other way?
(image: Neanderthal with face paint – Viktor Deak)