Human Timelines Shattered by New Finds In West Africa & Europe
Once again, new archaeological discoveries are threatening to overturn the orthodox timeline for human development.
In Morocco, scientists have found Homo sapiens fossils dating to 315,000 years ago, pushing back the official dawn of our species by 100,000 years. The details reported in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Nature in June, could throw a ‘monkey wrench,’ so to speak, into the African Genesis scenario religiously adhered to by most paleontologists. It now seems clear that the East African human episode, cited by mainstream scholars, was, if anything, a later development and not the seminal event it has been portrayed to be. Researchers at Jebal Irhoud in Morocco have concluded that humans developed at about the same time all across Africa, many thousands of years before the East African events once believed to represent the dawn of the human saga.
According to Jean-Jacques Hublin, author of the study, and director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, “I would say the Garden of Eden in Africa is probably Africa—and it’s a big, big garden.” Maybe even bigger than Professor Hublin suspects.
According to a study reported in May in the journal PLOS One, fossils recently found in Bulgaria and Greece, have convinced an international team of researchers that creatures dating to 7.2 Million years ago are the ancestors of modern humans, making Europe, not Africa, the cradle of humanity. The discovery of a creature, dubbed Graecopithecus freybergi, and nicknamed ‘El Graeco’ by scientists, proves, say the authors, that 200,000 years before the earliest African hominid (not counting the Jebal Irhoud discoveries) our ancestors were already starting to evolve in Europe.
One conclusion that certainly may be drawn from the new research is that, in the long tale of humanity on Earth, there has been plenty of time for our forebears to go down many historical rabbit holes and to follow many timelines, developments, and, yes, even civilizations, to a degree as yet unrealized by orthodox science.
CAPTION: The site in Jebel Irhoud, Morocco. When early humans occupied the site, it would have been a cave; the covering rock and much sediment were removed by work in the 1960s.
Bird Preserved in Amber for Many Millions of Years?
For over a century and a half, the conventional Darwinian view of natural history—going back 200 million years and more—has been that only petrified fossils remain to be discovered by people like us. No soft tissue, and no DNA, from that period could possibly have survived until the present day. The suggestion promoted by the Jurassic Park movies, that DNA could have been preserved in amber artifacts, was dismissed by science as sheer cinematic fantasy. New developments, however, may force the establishment to reconsider some of its most cherished beliefs.
As physicist Stephen Robbins, Ph.D., points out in his cover story for this issue “Jurassic Soft Tissue,” recently there have been a number of game-changing ‘impossible’ discoveries of dinosaur soft tissue. And, in June of 2017, a piece of amber found in China contains a completely intact but extinct, baby bird which scientists say dates from the Cretaceous period, a staggering 99 million years ago. The most complete fossil of its kind ever found, the bird has feathers, which would have enabled it to fly. It is now completely encased in a three-inch chunk of Burmese amber. The bird belonged to an ancient group of toothed birds called Enantiornithes, which went extinct along with the dinosaurs.
As for the implications of these discoveries to the established time line, it cannot be encouraging. According to Robbins, science, may be trying to finesse its way around the issues raised. As you will see, it all makes for compelling archaeological drama, if not a new movie.