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It is good, now and then, to take a refresher course in where we come from, even though our common human roots have been well chronicled in such documentary films as

You may say that’s ancient history, but, as such famous ill-fated philosophers as Jimmy Hoffa have said, “You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” Awareness of past missteps (both personal and ancestry-wise) may help you avoid future pitfalls; pretending you’re a self-made man or woman is like living in a house without a foundation.  With that in mind, here’s a little quiz to test your knowledge of your prehistoric forebears. Five of the following actually existed and five are fakers:

1.  Neanderthal man
2.  Heidelberg man
3.  Cuppa Java man
4.  Swanscombe man
5.  Peking dude
6.  Gloria Steinheim man
7.  Rhodesian man
8.  Solo mon
9.  Cro-Magnon man
10. Piltdown man

Did you find the five pretenders? Ladies, I hope you don’t take this lightly, because if you’re in search of your dream Neanderthal, it’s important that you be able to tell the difference:

OK, I will test your patience no longer — the imposters are #3, 5, 6, 8 and 10. Some, like Solo mon masquerading as Solo man, are close but no cigaret. Piltdown man was a hoax.

My name is mistermuse, and though I am ancient, I am not a hoax. Really.