Are Humans the result of Evolution or other influences?

Feb 18, 13 Are Humans the result of Evolution or other influences?
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The youth of the Damanhur Middle School interviewed Falco for Qui Damanhur Ragazzi, a self-produced journal made by the students themselves. Here is the first of a series of their questions and Falco’s answers. Enjoy!

Lorenzo (7th grade): Modern humans are the result of evolution from monkeys, or have there been other influences from other civilizations, such as extraterrestrials, for example?

Falco: Well, from the anthropological point of view, both monkeys and humans descended from the same stock, one part became the monkeys, the great apes, etc. and another part has become the human species. There have been about fifty human species, similar to the hominids. The last ones that disappeared are those we call the Neanderthal, and still another species, more recently, I don’t remember what it’s called…one that disappeared only two or three thousand years ago, on an island. In short, various hominid species have disappeared as a matter of evolution, for adaptation to the environment, for the prevalence of one species over another, as is our case at this time. But we are all descended from the same line. Indeed, all mammals are descended from a species of shrew, which is a small animal that survived when the big dinosaurs and great reptiles went extinct. They ate what was left of them, were able to reproduce and there were no more antagonists. From that species, all the others have evolved, or re-evolved more like it. In fact, this is the fifth mass extinction, the one from which we derive. There were four before, and there will be others.