Curiosity, Rudolfensis, Puns | The Wanderer Science

CURIOSITY ON INSTAGRAM

Even if you’ve been living under a rock, on Mars, you’ve probably already heard of the recent NASA Mars rover landing. NASA’s rover, named Curiosity, which landed late Sunday evening, is NASA’s first endeavour into astrobiology since the seventies. Curiosity will mainly be wandering Mars in search of evidence of life on the planet, or to see if life could have existed there. The one-ton rover, which was part of the 2.5 billion dollar project, has and will also continue to send pictures back to NASA on its two-year voyage(r). Should it not succeed in finding evidence of life on Mars, the money will not go to waste, as NASA’s Instagram account will surely gain many followers. And they won’t even have to apply a sepia tone effect to the photos! Now that’s a marketing plan.

ARCHAEOLOGISTS FIND RUDOLFENSIS

While human evolution is often explained in a linear path, in which humans as we currently are evolved from the adaptations of Homo erectus, this is apparently not the case. New archaeological finds in the field of anthropology strongly suggest that there is in fact a total of three protohuman species, of which Homo erectus dominated. Well, the other species are still given the genus of Homo, but are not of the species erectus. The ‘new’ species is characterized by its long face and large brain, and is known as Homo rudolfensis. It joins Homo habilis and Homo erictus as prototype human species in our current models of human evolution. Upon discovery of the fossils, it is believed evolutionists asked of extinct Homo Rudolfensis, “why the long face?” Other evolutionists wondered if the species’ large head caught windburn, and made its nose red.

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