New research on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia has revealed the possible presence of an archaic species of hominin dating back more than 100 kya (thousand yrs ago). That means they existed on this island at least 60 kya earlier than we thought! We don’t known exactly who or what species these archaic humans were as we haven’t found any of their fossil remains yet but there is a good chance we will very soon. The island is nearby the Island of Flores where remains of the “Hobbit” (Homo floresiensis) were discovered more than 10 yrs ago. It’s starting to appear that Indonesia just might be a hotbed for finding the remains of archaic pre-modern humans and THAT could be SIGNIFICANT as it may well force us to change our concept of early human migrations and origins. And in my mind that would be a GOOD thing!
In another discovery it now appears that early humans were living in the Arctic 10,000 years earlier than thought! If this is so then it pushes back all important migration dates as to when humans migrated from Asia across the land bridge into the Americas. That is, if you believe the mainstream theory and if you don’t and instead you believe Native Americans have always been here and didn’t come from anywhere then this adds a bit more evidence for that theory. Least we not forget that several Native American tribes have NO migration stories and insist that there people have always been here and didn’t come from anywhere else.
Evidence of this change in the migration timeline comes from a new find showing an epic battle between a woolly mammoth and some earlier human hunter-gatherers in the Arctic Circle. It’s believed the finds date to 45 kya. The hunt took place in Russia on a bluff overlooking the Arctic Ocean. The remains of the woolly mammoth were discovered in 2012 by a young boy in the region. The remains have been dated by scientists and the mammoth is considered to be “well-preserved.”
Evidence shows that the mammoths eye sockets, ribs, and jaw were battered by the early hunters by spears and at least one spear point left a dent in the poor creatures cheekbone. Russian researcher Vladimir Pitulko was part of the research team. He says that everything about the way in which the mammoth was killed suggests that early hunters were “very skilled organized hunters and tool makers.” Reportedly, the mammoth is the best preserved mammoth find of the century. The excavation was led by Alexei Tikhonov of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg, Russia.
It’s been suggested that some early human hunters moved so far north because they were mammoth hunters and this may well be the case. Or maybe they were always there to begin with. One thing is for certain and that is hunters follow their prey just like predator animals. The very fact that early humans were in the Arctic says something significant about our ancient ancestors abilities to survive in the brutal cold environment. However, it was warmer than it is today we theorize. At least we know that early humans were in the Arctic region 45 kya and some could have crossed the land bridge between Siberia and Alaska.
Previously it was thought that humans reached the Arctic Circle region about 12,500 years ago this new find, however, pushes that date back further. Some new research puts prehistoric humans in the Americas at about 18,500 years ago. Pituko said although there is NO EVIDENCE early humans crossed the land bridge into the Americas 45 kya we do now know humans were in the area.
I just love it when new evidence upsets our little preconceived notions, assumptions, and theories !!!!! 😮