They call them burial chambers claiming they were built for the dead pharaohs BUT where are the bodies? I’m referring to the pyramids of Giza and not one dead body has been found in them. We find many dead bodies in the Valley of Kings where many pharaohs are entombed and we find a galore of hieroglyphics adorning the walls but we don’t find such artistic decor in the pyramids. No bodies and no hieroglyphics! In fact, the inside of the pyramids are rather……BORING and DULL, frankly!
In the Great Pyramid a new chamber was discovered last year above the Grand Gallery that is believed to be near the same size as the Grand Gallery. This is the first major discovery in the pyramids since the 19th century and it has astounded many scholars and Egyptologists. The purpose and function of the new chamber is unclear.
Experts believe that the pyramid builders placed cavities inside the pyramids to relieve stress on the giant structures and, thus, avoid collapsing them under the weight of the massive stones used in their construction. Researchers discovered the new chamber using cosmic-ray imaging similar to X-rays but going deeper. Continue Reading
Artistic depiction of Homo erectus
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A scientific consortium has found that human ancestors were scattered across Africa, and largely kept apart by a combination of diverse habitats and shifting environmental boundaries, such as forests and deserts. Millennia of separation gave rise to a staggering diversity of human forms, whose mixing ultimately shaped our species.
“While there is a continental-wide trend towards more sophisticated material culture, this ‘modernization’ clearly doesn’t originate in one region or occur at one time period.”
“When we look at the morphology of human bones over the last 300,000 years, we see a complex mix of archaic and modern features in different places and at different times,” said Prof. Chris Stringer, researcher at the London Natural History Museum. “As with the material culture, we do see a continental-wide trend towards the modern human form, but different modern features appear in different places at different times, and some archaic features are present until remarkably recently.” Continue Reading
Ancient stone tools and bones have been discovered in CHINA that suggest early humans may have left Africa and arrived in Asia much earlier than thought. The artifacts appear to suggest that early humans settled in East Asia over 2 mya. The artifacts were discovered in the southern Chinese Loess Plateau.
The oldest dates to 2.12 myr making them 270,000 years older than the 1.85 million year old skeletal remains and stone tools found at Dmanisi, Georgia. Until this most recent discovery the artifacts found at Dmanisi were believed to be the oldest evidence for humanity outside of Africa. The stone tools show evidence of having been used and most are made from quartzite and quartz. Finding the stone tools and animal bones shows that early human ancestors dwelt in the area of the Chinese Loess Plateau. At that time the climate of this region was very different from what it is today. Continue Reading
Southeast Asia is one of the most genetically diverse areas of the world and for more than 100 years researchers have been debating which theory of origins of the human population there is correct. One theory holds the view that indigenous Hoabinhain hunter-gatherers populated the area 44 kya and developed farming techniques on their own without input from early farmers from East Asia. The opposing theory holds the view that migrating rice farmers from China replaced the indigenous Hoabinhian people. However, new research and evidence now suggests that BOTH theories are WRONG!! At least neither is completely correct let me say more specifically.
The new study spearheaded by the University of Cambridge has found modern SE Asian people derive their ancestry from at least four ancient populations! Researchers used DNA from human skeletal remains found in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, and Japan dating back to 8 kya. DNA samples also included samples from the indigenous Hoabinhian people and from the Jomon people of Japan. This is all a scientific first, notably, as previously the oldest DNA collected only dated back to around 4 kya.
Twenty-six ancient human genomes were sequenced successfully and compared with modern DNA from people living in SE Asia today. The environment of SE Asia is NOT conducive to DNA preservation so this study is significant for that reason alone. Jungles have few skeletal remains and that’s one big reason we have such a difficult time finding the remains of ancient human ancestors in that area. Continue Reading
Researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have found evidence in the Western Arctic of a massive flood of fresh water believed to have been the cause of an abrupt cold snap that began around 13 kya. This abrupt climate change is known as the Younger Dryas which is believed to have ended 1000 years of global warming.
Just what brought about the Younger Dryas has been an issue for debate and speculation with most scientists believing it was brought about by a sudden influx of huge amounts of freshwater from melting ice sheets and glaciers. This fresh water rushed into the Atlantic and disrupted the deep water circulation system that moves warm water and releases heat into the atmosphere. Unfortunately, geologic evidence for this has been lacking.
Map of Global Ocean Currents
Evidence of such a flood was undertaken near where the MacKenzie River enters the Arctic Ocean forming the border between Canada’s Yukon and Northwest Territories. Sediment cores were gathered along the continental slope east of the river. Analyzing these core samples the team evidence of a huge freshwater flood dating to about 13 kya. Continue Reading
Living close to nature and spending time outside has significant, wide-ranging health benefits according to research by the University of East Anglia. The study concluded that exposure to nature reduces the risk of Type II Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, high blood pressure, and stress among other ailments.
People who spend time out in nature also are more likely to report good health overall. The study involved global data from 290 million people. Researchers want to know if spending time out in nature really does have a positive impact on health and they found that it does!! The study defined nature as “green space” which included natural vegetation as well as urban parks and street vegetation so it wasn’t wholly focused on the wilds alone.
The study analyzed the health of people with little access to green spaces compared to people with high amounts of access to green spaces. They found that living close to nature (natural green spaces) is indeed associated with significant health benefits. The study also found that people who live close to nature have lower diastolic blood pressure, heart rates, and stress. Depression and anxiety levels are also reduced. The study speculates that people living close to nature have stronger immune systems. Study researchers hope that their findings will encourage health care professionals to recommend to their patients that they spend more time in nature. Continue Reading
Chubu University scientist Dr. Kunihiko Takeda told a national audience recently on a national television program that during the second half of 2018 COLD will be the focus of reports and media rather than warming. He went on to say that reports of rapid ice melt in the Arctic and Antarctica are lies and global warming is also a lie and hoax.
Dr Takeda said that planet is NOT warming but is actually cooling. The professor is an engineering with a major in Resource Material Engineering and is not a climatologist. More and more scientists are now focusing on global cooling instead of global warming. Let us keep in mind that we are presently in the warming period that began around 12K years ago but one day it will end and another Ice Age will dawn, if it isn’t already. There have been MANY Ice Ages and many warming periods and some of those warming periods were much warmer than we are today. And NONE of these were human caused btw as there were not that many humans around and they certainly did NOT have the technology w have today. Continue Reading
When most of us think of ancient seafaring we think of something along lines of Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the New World using three ships. Those ships, however, were very small compared to ancient ships built by the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, et al. Columbus only had about 88 men on board his three ships and two of his ships were only 50 feet long! That’s about the size of a small fishing boat.
Chinese trading ship of Admiral Zheng He
When we look at the history of China we get a clue at just how much more advanced these people were than Europeans when it came to ship building and exploration. For example, there is a tiny island off the coast of Africa called “Pate” which is just off the coast of Kenya. People living on that island claim that they are the descendants of Chinese sailors who were shipwrecked on the island several centuries ago! These Chinese sailors traded with local Africans and they even took a few giraffes back to China for the emperor’s pleasure! People on this island have an Asian appearance, somewhat and many have antique porcelain heirlooms in their homes that resemble those made by the ancient Chinese.
History tells us that some six centuries ago a mighty Chinese armada sailed westward to Ceylon, East Africa, and Arabia for trade. Some of the ships (junks) had giant nine-masted sails and accompanying them were smaller escort vessels carrying patrol boats, horses, soldiers, supply ships, etc. This armada was anything but small because in total there were more than 27,000 soldiers and sailors! The biggest ships were recorded as being over 400 feet long and 150 ft wide! In comparison, Columbus’ ship named the Santa Maria was only 90×30 feet. These ancient Chinese ships were massive, to say the least. Continue Reading