From the weird mix of 60?s mod cons in a prehistoric setting which were a running joke in ‘The Flintstones, to the club-swinging antics of The Slag Brothers in Wacky Races, to the glorious sight of a fur-bikini clad Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C. to the Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer played by Phil Hartman on Saturday Night Live, pop culture has always presented us with a unique take on our prehistoric ancestors. But how close were any of these depictions to the evolutionary truth? Read the following top ten discoveries in human evolution, and decide for yourself!
10. Sahelanthropus Tchadensis
This extinct hominid species dates back to around 7 million years ago, although its exact location on the human evolutionary tree is controversial, since it pre-dates the divergence of human and chimpanzee species and there is only one reliable specimen: a cranium known as Toumai. Discovered in the Djurab desert of Chad between 2001 and 2002 by a team led by Michel Brunet, the enigmatic Toumai skull suggests that the species had a head similar in size to that of a chimpanzee, and was bipedal like Homo Sapiens, but had far flatter facial features.