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Old 12-11-2010, 11:52 AM   #1
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Lost Civilization May Have Existed Beneath the Persian Gulf - Yahoo! News

"Veiled beneath the Persian Gulf, a once-fertile landmass may have supported some of the earliest humans outside Africa some 75,000 to 100,000 years ago, a new review of research suggests."

"The study, which is detailed in the December issue of the journal Current Anthropology, has broad implications for aspects of human history. For instance, scientists have debated over when early modern humans exited Africa, with dates as early as 125,000 years ago and as recent as 60,000 years ago (the more recent date is the currently accepted paradigm), according to study researcher Jeffrey Rose, an archaeologist at the University of Birmingham in the U.K."
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Old 12-18-2010, 11:16 AM   #2
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given the definition of species, as an interbreeding population which produces fertile offspring

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"Given the presence of Neanderthal communities in the upper reaches of the Tigris and Euphrates River, as well as in the eastern Mediterranean region, this may very well have been the contact zone between moderns and Neanderthals," Rose told LiveScience. In fact, recent evidence from the sequencing of the Neanderthal genome suggests interbreeding, meaning we are part caveman.
This quotation makes no sense.

Early hominid nominclature still needs a lot of re-thinking.
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Early hominid nomenclature still needs a lot of re-thinking.
Indeed. The problem is exacerbated by the very scanty and scattered nature of the fossil record itself. That and the tendency of some researchers to spin off sweeping hypotheses based on very little hard evidence, followed by the lay press taking these as solid fact...
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There is a long tradition of painting Neandertal as some weird character, 'not like us.'

I still remember the discussion of 'Who was/is Neandertal' in Anthropology 101 -- a class which I later taught myself. There was a young professor who described the characteristics of the skeletal/facial evidence. He had a sloping forhead, and robust mandibles . . . Just like me, the professor said.

In an evolving population there is a wide range of variation. Not all homo sapiens fossils are going look like Tom Cruse.
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Not all homo sapiens fossils are going look like Tom Cruse.
Thank goodness...
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