Skip to comments.The New Story of Humanity's Origins in Africa
Posted on 07/15/2018 3:22:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Consider the ancient human fossils from a Moroccan cave called Jebel Irhoud, which were described just last year. These 315,000-year-old bones are the oldest known fossils of Homo sapiens. They not only pushed back the proposed dawn of our species, but they added northwest Africa to the list of possible origin sites. They also had an odd combination of features, combining the flat faces of modern humans with the elongated skulls of ancient species like Homo erectus. From the front, they could have passed for us; from the side, they would have stood out.
Fossils from all over Africa have modern and ancient traits in varied combinations, including the 260,000-year-old Florisbad skull from South Africa; the 195,000-year-old remains from Omo Kibish in Ethiopia; and the 160,000-year-old Herto skull, also from Ethiopia. Some scientists have argued that these remains represent different subspecies of Homo sapiens, or different species altogether.
But perhaps they really were all Homo sapiens, and our species simply used to be far more diverse than we currently are. "If you look at skulls, you'll see different features of modern humans arising in different locations at different times," says Eleanor Scerri, an archaeologist at the University of Oxford. And the reason for that, she says, is that "we're a species with multiple African origins."
She and others argue that humans originated from several diverse populations that lived across Africa. Separated from each other by geographical barriers, they mostly evolved in isolation, and each group developed some of our hallmark traits, but not others. But their separation wasn't constant... This theory, known as "African multiregionalism," is a fundamentally different view...
(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...
The emerging consensus against Recent African Origin
Humans in North Africa earlier than thought
Middle East Online | March 13, 2007 | Staff
Posted on 03/13/2007 8:27:25 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
For a minute there, I thought this was about tracing Sean Hannity’s roots.
from the FRchives:
Way down, below the ocean, that's where it all be.
More troll crap.
What? Can’t hear you. Bigger font please. And add something about cavemen hunting dinosaurs.
Ha! I read it the same way!
White flight goes way back.
Africa was the south side of Chicago in pre-history, and all the homo-normalus’s packed up and got the heck out of Dodge.
im geting tired of them peddling new hypotheses we are now supposed to regard as gospel, before they develop another new one. and the the next one. and oh that ones based on a now-known hoax,..
Amazing! I’m sure they would really look like us based on the brow ridges on that sloping skull.
ROFL I too.
Not hoaxes but definitely highly subject to interpretation.
Anything biology-based is really subjective. Hence medical science also goes through phases of one thing is truth, then next decade it is passé as they learn more.
Problem is ancient history part is much more arrogant about how truthful their current views are. Can’t wait for next century and what they’ll think of our current dogma.
These 315,000-year-old bones are the oldest known fossils of Homo sapiens
So what was humanity doing for those missing 310,000 years? Hanging about?
Yeah, and no guilt whatsoever...You do what ya gotta do in order to survive.
Just a couple weeks ago I read that 2.1 million year old Homo Erectus stone artifacts were found in China.
The trajectory of hominid and human emergence seem to be One Way Only - older, and older, and older.
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