Skip to comments.Scientists find early humans moved through Mediterranean earlier than believed
Posted on 10/20/2019 6:48:19 AM PDT by Openurmind
Scientists have unearthed new evidence in Greece proving that the island of Naxos was inhabited by Neanderthals and earlier humans at least 200,000 years ago, tens of thousands of years earlier than previously believed.
The findings, published today in the journal Science Advances, are based on years of excavations and challenge current thinking about human movement in the region -- long thought to have been inaccessible and uninhabitable to anyone but modern humans. The new evidence is leading researchers to reconsider the routes our early ancestors took as they moved out of Africa into Europe and demonstrates their ability to adapt to new environmental challenges.
(Excerpt) Read more at sciencedaily.com ...
I was curious and so as to allow my fellow FReepers the freedom from having to search, unlike the Black Sea which did apparently have a flooding-in within human history, the Mediterranean Sea’s dry spell ended 5.33 million years ago in an event known as the Zanclean flood. So while water levels may have been effected by the Ice Age(s) glaciation, these islands were most likely islands then.
"Long thought?" is that like "consensus" and "settled science?" Are they saying that science is constantly improving, refining and even rejecting older theories?
Given modern travel, it’s always interesting to consider how much human history goes back to our ancestors putting one foot in front of the other.
Finally... For far too long lack of objectivity and in the box narratives have prevented some great discoveries. Each time they are “allowed/permitted” to dig deeper they find an even older layer that is not supposed to be there, and these are changing the official narratives. :)
You know, there is another factor with that concept relates to crustal geology never consisdered. Since we are talking about a difference of only a hundred feet in what you share, plate tectonic changes and crustal “uplift” need to be considered in this also. Using current elevations to judge this by could be way off from what it was then.
We are talking about approximately 124k intervals for each ice age glacial/interglacial cycle. Mass weight differences of more water or less water between glacial and interglacial cycles very well could have slowly affected the true crustal elevation by a couple hundred feet each cycle. It could have raised and lowered a bit depending on water level mass just as the crust raised and lowered from the sheer weight of the ice sheets each cycle.
Then add to that the erosion from currents since, and it very well could change the variables greatly in assumptions and make up this small difference between it being above sea level or below sea level.
I`ll pick `em up tomorrow.
Dont appropriate Wakandian culture.
“proving that the island of Naxos was inhabited by Neanderthals and earlier humans at least 200,000 years ago”
I hear they were able to achieve that by carbon dating some McDonald’s hamburgers wrappers they uncovered.
That was probably 7, 200 years ago. Noah's Flood
The Mediterranean has been dried and flooded at least 40 times, the last time was about 5 million years ago. I submit that it has nearly dried out a number of times most recently during the last Ice Age.
There are layers of salt on the bottom of the Med that are two miles thick and the salt is the type that forms with direct exposure to sunlight.
Not pinging, just adding to the list.
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