Neanderthal-Modern Human comparison
New research conducted by Australian National University and the University of Sidney is providing a new window into the transition between Neanderthals to H. sapiens. Excavating in a cave in the Moravian region of the Czech Republic researchers have developed a timeline of evidence from 10 sediment layers spanning 28-50 kya. This is the period when it is generally believed that modern human ancestors first arrived in Europe.
20,000 animal bones have been recovered at the site along with stone tools, weapons, and an engraved bone bead believed to be the oldest of its kind every found in Central Europe. Dr. Duncan Wright (ANU) believes this project is highly important because it is providing some evidence for modern human activity in the area. During this time modern human ancestors were moving into the area and, I think, interbreeding with Neanderthals at least to some extent. Continue Reading
So the most recent analysis of H. naledi found in South Africa puts this species as coexisting with modern humans. Why am I not hearing anything about attempts to gather DNA from some of these fossils? Surely if this species is so recent then there will be viable DNA. Just a question I’m throwing out there for your consideration.
“Neo” (Homo naledi)
Irhoud Skull 1 notice the large brow ridge
In 1961 the bones & skeleton were determined to be Neanderthal hunters. Neanderthals are not Homo sapiens, however. “the oldest Homo sapiens ever found in Africa or elsewhere.” Seriously? But Neanderthals are not H. sapiens! Of course after the OOA was debunked last month with the discovery of a Neanderthal ancestor in Spain I suppose they had to come up with something (anything) to place the OOA back on it throne? So I take it that now we class Neanderthals as H. sapiens? And what about that little 3% Neanderthal DNA in modern humans? Sticky little point, no? Oh yes and something had to be done to dethrone the recent find near San Diego in the Americas too 🙂
“It’s the face of people you cross in the street today…” really? You mean back in 1961 they couldn’t tell the difference between a Neanderthal face and a H. sapien face?
“….the 300,000-year-old braincases—the part of the skull that houses the brain—are elongated in shape and accommodate a larger cerebellum…” Homo erectus had an elongated skull but I notice this is not mentioned at all and some had brains as big or slightly bigger than ours!
So are we now to date modern humans at 300 kyr rather than 200 kyr? Are we to now include Neanderthals as H. sapiens? I’m willing to bet they found some sort of Neanderthal-Erectus hybrid but they aren’t about to admit that for God’s sake!!! Continue Reading
I’ve posted about this archaeological enigma near Puebla, Mexico before (see link below) but recently I ran across an article about the project written by Dr. Virginia Steen-McIntyre who was one of the geologists on the original project that I found interesting.
I absolutely love her opening sentence in this article which asks the question, “Was someone actively hunting mammoth in Mexico a quarter-million years ago?” Well obviously the evidence says someone WAS but that evidence has been covered up and downplayed by the mainstream because it doesn’t jive with their assertion that man has only been in the Americas since the end of the last ice age some 10-12 kya! That’s all fine and well but the evidence uncovered by Dr. Steen-McIntyre and others on the research team say otherwise.
In the article Dr. Steen-McIntyre provides geological evidence that humans WERE hunting mammoth in Mexico 250 kya and that evidence if not simple speculation but HARD FACT! In fact, she says that the dates arrived at using radiometric methods are actually closer to 275 kya. And this date is for the YOUNGEST site of FOUR SITES known as Hueyatlaco.
Fifteen meters (about 50 ft) in the sediment which is only exposed when the reservoir water is abnormally low is the oldest site known as “El Horno” which is a mastodon kill site and it was here at this oldest site that the team found a slim stone flake still wedged between two teeth of a fossilized mastodon. “Someone,” says Dr Steen-McIntyre, “had tried to remove one of the molars.” Uranium series dates on the tooth indicated this was about 280 kya! Continue Reading
skull of Homo naledi
I’m bumping up an article authored by Rob while I was away regarding new evidence that H. naledi coexisted with modern humans in South Africa 250 kya. This is a VERY SIGNIFICANT AND IMPORTANT discovery!
Read Rob’s original post at:
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
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