I was saddened to hear a few days ago about the fire at the 200 year old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (9/2/2018). Contained in that building were some of the Andean Mummies which were highly value for research IMO. I find these mummies intriguing to say the least and it saddens me that they will no longer be able to be studied. This museum housed over 20 million artifacts so it was a MAJOR museum for research.
Among the artifacts believed destroyed is the skull known as “Luzia” which was dated at 11.5 kyr and is believed to have been from a Paleoindian woman who was one of the earliest known inhabitants of the Americas. Mummies and artifacts from Egypt were also housed in this museum and now presumed destroyed. It’s currently estimated that only 10% of the artifacts in the museum survived IF that much. Smoke detectors reportedly were not working and the fire suppression system in the building was limited, sadly. I do know that funding for the museum was cut by the Brazilian government not long ago and some are blaming that lack of funding for basically a non-working and inadequate fire suppression system.
Among the “survivors” was a 5.86 ton meteor which is the largest meteor every found in Brazil. It was discovered back in 1784. From what I hear bone fragments have been found in the rubble but they are nothing compared to what this museum once housed. So 200 years of work and research has now gone up in flames and that saddens me to say the least. It always saddens me when artifacts are lost and/or destroyed either by accident or intention. They are all clues to our TRUE history as a species and without them our knowledge and research only slows down and develops voids which we can’t fill in with evidence. Oh we can “fill in the blanks” with a lot of speculation but that’s far different from FACTS. The museum was a popular center for research both for new and seasoned researchers.
I don’t know how far they’ve gotten through the rubble but I’m sure that most of what the museum contained is gone and what is left is likely now pretty useless. We need to protect our heritage and our history all over the world because it IS important! It is all clues to how we as a species came to be as we are today, modern humans. I know many people look at artifacts and think, “Oh they’re just a bunch of old bones” but to researchers like me they are far more than “just old bones.” I want to know where we came from and how we came to be modern humans for certain. I want as many facts as we can possibly gather and I want our theories based on those facts instead of speculation. And I want artifacts protected and not lightly thrown aside because they are our clues to who we are and how we came to be. In my mind there is no such things as “just a bunch of old bones” or “just a piece of old pottery.” We as a species NEED to know and NEED to understand where we came from and how we came to be who and what we are today. All the bones, all the pottery, all the mummies, and all the other artifacts around the world are important and they are the road map to discovery the truth about ourselves as human beings. Without that road map we become lost and our “knowledge” becomes based on false and erroneous assumptions.
BTW I’ve blogged here about Luzia a couple of times which you can find at the following links:
The fire at the museum is a great loss and my heart weeps for such a significant and important loss that we can never recover.
A few days ago I posted about a MAJOR advance in genetic science involving the first known cloning of two monkey’s in China. The cloning experiment was a success and what that means is that we have now breached the last border for cloning primates making it now possible to even clone humans. As if that were not enough now something disturbing is brewing to the point that it is now being reported in the mainstream media. Scientists involved in the cloning said they have no intention of cloning humans and IF you believe that then I might interest you in buying a bridge to nowhere! I can absolutely guarantee you that some scientist in some lab somewhere WILL attempt to clone a human being!! But that is not the story in this post. Rather there is something perhaps even more disturbing than human cloning that very possibly has already taken place perhaps longer ago than we might wish to think and it involves the creation of something known as a “humanzee.” Or should I put that in the plural?
Dr Gordon Gallup is an evolutionary psychologist and he is the man who coined the term “humanzee” which is the name for a human-chimpanzee hybrid! Scientifically and theoretically it IS possible to breed a human and chimpanzee, bonobo, orangutan, and perhaps even other apes such as the gorilla. Sound like science fiction? Well think again because according to Dr Gallup this feat has ALREADY BEEN ACCOMPLISHED!!
Photo of humanzee?
Throughout the 20th century this hybridization was attempted more than once. Perhaps the most famous attempt was under former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin who wanted to create a super-soldier part man and part ape. In the old Soviet Union there were many secrets and information about what Soviet scientists were working on was rare and sometimes misleading. But what we do know is that Stalin actually DID have such an experiment going under Dr Ilya Ivanov. The question is did Ivanov succeed? Most information we have on the experiments indicates that he failed but that information may or may NOT be so. The Soviets were renowned for NOT reporting the truth. However, there was another experiment trying to create a humanzee and that experiment took place in the United States in Florida in the 1920’s according to Dr Gordon Gallup and it WAS SUCCESSFUL!! Continue Reading
Yesterday I posted about the 2017 major story in anthropology being the mastodon kill site found near San Diego, California which has turned everything upside down because it proves early humans where in North America at least 130 kya. This find has created a lot of controversy but, alas, the proof is there! However, I do NOT consider this story to be the major story of 2017! Rather, the REAL MAJOR STORY of 2017 is being ignored. Surprised? You shouldn’t be because the real story of 2017 completely upends all of our little theories when it comes to ancient human ancestors and researchers are hoping it will just go away.
9.7 mya fossil teeth found in Germany 2017
The REAL MAJOR story of 2017 was the discovery of ancient human ancestor fossil remains found in Germany which are believed to be from Australopithecus!! And that poses a little problem because Australopithecus fossil remains have never been found outside of Africa!!!
I reported and posted about this MAJOR DISCOVERY last October (2017) and you can find my original post on the sidebar to the right. Basically, this find put a final death blow into the Out of Africa Theory (OOA) as it was completely unexpected and finding EVIDENCE of Australopithecus outside of Africa just doesn’t fit what we though was. But obviously it was NOT! Continue Reading
This new research presented today on how Maple Syrup extract may boost the potency of antibiotics without damaging our health is not only fantastic but NATURAL! Native Americans in Canada have been using maple syrup for fighting infections for a long time as well. More natural medicine!
Read the short article about this new research find at: