We the Hominids
Say Hello to our little Hobbit cousin.
It is a fascinating time to be the last Hominid standing as pointed out in http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/beta/evolution/becoming-human-part-1.html
The pieces coming together are simply amazing. Science can finally explain in great detail who we are. We are advanced enough to examine our origins carefully yet near enough to our Hominid kin to extract DNA from their bones. My mind reels when considering the fact we have been the only Hominid on the planet for a mere 28 thousand years.
As a boy I read the Conan the Barbarian books, set in a time before civilizations and shared with creatures not quite human. Conan was described battling the very beast that would one day become our legend. The tales were so provoking the author seemed to be taping into an almost genetic memory of the mystery of that time. An age where Homo sapiens grew up in a world cheek by jowl with Homo neanderthalensis, Homo heidelbergensis and Homo rhodesiensis. Imagine the wonder of being the first Human to encounter Homo floresiensis, our new little cousin.
This is probably why I am so enthusiastic to see the light of science shining on the path we took to this particular prominence. A prominence from which we can look back and appreciate the noble creatures that brought us to this point and made us who we are.