A new analysis of two 7.2 myr fossils belonging to “El Graeco” suggests humans emerged in Europe not Africa.
These new findings directly challenge the OOA which is now seriously in doubt. One of the fossils is a lower jaw discovered in 1944 in Pyrgos Vassilissis, Greece which nobody really paid any attention to due to the ensuing WW2. The other fossil is a tooth discovered in Azmaka, Bulgaria. According to Sky News and New Scientist the birthplace of modern humans may have been in the Eastern Mediterranean and NOT Africa.
These fossils are known as “El Graeco” and they appear to be the oldest known pre-human remains in history. This hominid belongs to the species known as Graecopithecus freybergi, an ape-like hominid believed to be the oldest known pre-human dating back 7.2 mya. Micro-computed tomography and 3D reconstructions were employed in the new analysis using the tooth and jaw specimen and researchers discovered distinctive features as seen in modern humans and our ancestors. Continue Reading
We all have different ways of coping with the death of a spouse or loved one. Some mourn for long periods while others mourn for shorter periods. Some withdraw from life for a time while others “carry on.” In Western society we mourn death most often with crying while in other societies they actually celebrate death. How we cope with death is a cultural construct.
Some people have a very difficult time coping with death while others do not. This all said, I want to inform you that for the time being Dr Peron will remain in Argentina near his wife’s burial. At this point we do not know if or when he will return. He and his wife were very close, inseparable, and he, frankly, is not dealing with the accident or her passing very well. He is with relatives there and will continue to stay with them for the time being. He has lost interest in everything and is only focused on his now deceased spouse.
So for the foreseeable future we (Barb and myself) will keep things here going as he has requested of us. At this point we do not know if this is for the short or long-term but for whatever it is we will carry out his wishes. It is our hope that those who come here will respect his wishes also.
To say that this is a very difficult time would be an understatement. It is a very trying time for everyone.
The blog will remain unchanged and Barb and myself will continue to put up new posts just as has been the routine in the past. The policies initiated by Peron on this site will also continue the same. There will be times when Barb and myself will be busy with other things or out working in the midst of nowhere and in those times there will be no new posts. There is plenty here to read so this should not be a problem. When such times come up we will post it here so everyone will know we are not available and we will also post when we plan to return so that you will know.
I want to thank everyone for the prayers and thoughts and for keeping things moving here. I will keep you posted on Peron as I get information.
Thank you all,
The weather around the world this month has been nothing short of odd and wild. Snow in Denver, baseball size hail in various places, snow out of season, and where I live last week it reached 31 degrees on the desert mountains with a dusting of snow which all is unheard off for the month of May.
According to Astrophysicist Piers Corbyn of WeatherAction, “The developing Mini ice-age is now in a NEW PHASE and here to stay 20 years.” And THAT is significant IMO.
Solar activity continues to weaken and it appears it is not going to strengthen anytime soon. In fact, analysts are saying it is going to weaken even more. Some researchers also now say we can expect temps 30 degrees below normal in many places within the next 12 months. They also say to expect a fall in average sea temps. Further some are saying that all of this combination will also weaken the geo magnetic field which will only compound solar effects.
Good afternoon everyone. I am back and will post some things later this evening or sometime tomorrow. I want to thank Barb for “holding down the fort.” Good job! Just to let you know Peron is not back and I will post more about that later.
In 2001 archaeologists unearthed 20 complete conch shells at Chavin de Huantar which was an ancient ceremonial center in the Andes. These shell trumpets were polished, painted, and etched with symbols. Their mouthpieces were well formed and had distinct v-shaped cuts. When played inside a stone chamber researchers later discovered that the drone of the sound would have sounded like it was coming from all directions all at once.
Chavin de Huantar means “underground citadel.” It was the capital of the Chavin culture. It is a complex made up of steep walled platforms honeycombed with stone-lined passages surrounding a sunken plaza. This place is unique among pre-Columbian sites. The primary edifice is known as “El Castillo.” This structure is faced with cut stone blocks of varying widths. The walls rose 17m above huge stone blocks. Inside we find at least 3 stories of stone-lined galleries, chambers, and ventilation shafts.
The complex was obviously pre-planned and covers an area of about 300,000 sq ft. This area was flattened and terraced by humans and the whole site was aligned with the cardinal directions. This complex is home to a network of tunnels cut out of the rock, engraved obelisks, huge masonry works, among other things. One engraved obelisk known as “El Toro” (the bull) is believed to have been originally situated in the very center of a deep catacomb with the top piercing through the ceiling and the floor above. Sadly, the main temple was ransacked during the 19th century by looters. Carved human bones have also been found at this site. Continue Reading
Additional information has come to light regarding the age of H. naledi. This species has been dated at between 335-236 kya [thousand years ago]. What this date does is to place H. naledi at a time and place within the realm of archaic modern humans which means they lived for a time alongside modern humans in South Africa. This is highly significant because it is the first time paleoanthropologists have demonstrated that another species of hominin survived alongside modern humans IN AFRICA. These dates are for the fossil finds found in the Dinaledi section of the Rising Star Cave system.
As I mentioned in the post above the discovery of a second cave adds support for the hypothesis that H. naledi was using this cave system to basically dispose of their dead. This has been considered a behavior of modern humans and Neanderthals but now it appears we have yet another hominin species that also disposed of their dead and this shows that they were not animatistic but human. Continue Reading
The “Neo” specimen skull (Homo naledi)
Rising Star Cave is the site in South Africa excavated by Dr Lee Berger and his team. It was here that they found a new species of ancient human called Homo naledi. Now another chamber in the cave has been unearthed and yielded even more fossil bone evidence and this newest discovery has yielded a skull “wonderfully complete.”
It is believed H. naledi shared the landscape with early modern humans and probably other hominin species as well between 226-335 thousand years ago. Dr John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the research leaders and he says this newest discovery adds more evidence that the cave system was being used by H. naledi to cache their dead. The new chamber has been named the Lesedi Chamber. So far 130 bone pieces have been found in the new chamber. One skeleton is said to be remarkably complete and is being named “Neo.” Continue Reading