Early Man in Trouble
New findings (or claims) are throwing long-held beliefs about human ancestors into disarray. Early people were smarter, and traveled farther, than paleoanthropologists thought.
One report summarized by PhysOrg says, “A highly skillful and delicate method of sharpening and retouching stone artifacts by prehistoric people appears to have been developed at least 75,000 years ago, more than 50,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder.” The technique is called pressure flaking. It allows finer control over the sharpness of stone tools. “Pressure flaking adds to the repertoire of technological advances during the Still Bay (period) and helps define it as a time when novel ideas were rapidly introduced,” wrote researchers studying the stones in a South Africa cave. “This flexible approach to technology may have conferred an advantage to the groups of Homo sapiens who migrated out of Africa about 60,000 years ago.”
That story about migrating out of Africa, though, took a falsifying hit. Science Daily reported, “An international team of researchers, including a physical anthropology professor at Washington University in St. Louis, has discovered well-dated human fossils in southern China that markedly change anthropologists perceptions of the emergence of modern humans in the eastern Old World.” Maybe it was out of Asia instead of Africa. The BBC News has a photo of the cave in China where the bones were found. National Geographic News said that these bones, 60,000 years older than previous finds, “presents a strong challenge” to the out-of-Africa theory and the “traditional early-human time line”.
Speaking of changing directions in migration, another story in Science Daily claims that fossil evidence is showing anthropoid apes colonized Africa 39 million years ago rather than evolving there.
These claims and the dates are all incestuous with evolutionary assumptions. Fossils are real, and stone tools are real, but the stories about them are convoluted and contradictory. Since they have told us “everything you know is wrong” year after year, why do we pay them any attention? Are they making progress toward understanding human history? No, they are revealing their Know-Nothing Party affiliation (10/28/2009). Vote no on Proposition D, the evolutionary storytelling initiative of the Darwin (Know-Nothing) Party.