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by circumspice
Thu May 06, 2021 10:51 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: Earliest Burial Thusfar in Africa
Replies: 3
Views: 38

Re: Earliest Burial Thusfar in Africa

You'd probably get a better understanding of their conclusions from reading the actual report by the excavators instead of some reporter's take on what it said. Sadly, the citation for the paper only gives an abstract and I'm not going to pay $9.00 to read it! Oh hell no! I wouldn't either. That's ...
by circumspice
Wed May 05, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: Earliest Burial Thusfar in Africa
Replies: 3
Views: 38

Re: Earliest Burial Thusfar in Africa

I was reading along & encountered what I considered a puzzling disconnect... The researchers were talking about the expression of human grief, yet they gave the child a less than sentimental moniker... Mtoto, translated from Swahili, meaning The Kid... Gee... And I think that they jumped the gun on...
by circumspice
Sat May 01, 2021 4:17 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: UT Dating for Ostrich Shells in South African Midden
Replies: 1
Views: 57

Re: UT Dating for Ostrich Shells in South African Midden

Other than dating to establish a timeline, what fascinates me is that some species learned fairly early in their history to not "mess in the nest". A few anthropologists speculated long ago that burials were just another form of garbage disposal, or it probably was in the beginning... I guess when ...
by circumspice
Fri Apr 23, 2021 3:10 am
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Interesting Hypothesis
Replies: 11
Views: 771

Re: Interesting Hypothesis

Not only talented, but also keen observers of the animals that they valued. Some of the painting are so compelling & realistic. I wish I had half the talent that some of those early artists had. I can't remember which cave or whether the animals were horses or caribou, but the artist sketched or pa...
by circumspice
Thu Apr 22, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Interesting Hypothesis
Replies: 11
Views: 771

Re: Interesting Hypothesis

Finally!!! Someone with some sense discusses the popular theory that stone age humans were stoned out of their gourds when they created parietal art in caves. While not totally poo-pooing the theory, they instead discuss the types of art, the age of the art & the conditions of various caves where p...
by circumspice
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Recovering hominin DNA from cave sediments
Replies: 3
Views: 249

Re: Recovering hominin DNA from cave sediments

Yeah, think of all the DNA from other organisms... bacteria, mold, lichen, then there are insects & various vertebrates... A cosmically HUGE haystack! :shock: All that DNA lurking in the sediments of a relatively protected environment of a cave system. It boggles the mind.
by circumspice
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: Conferences, Events & Lectures
Topic: Help for a newcomer please
Replies: 3
Views: 313

Re: Help for a newcomer please

On the other hand, if you are located in an area that has mandatory oversight by an archaeological authority prior to any construction, you could possibly participate in an exploratory excavation. Or perhaps you could participate in the emergency recovery of an endangered site. Your b.a. in social ...
by circumspice
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:52 am
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Interesting Hypothesis
Replies: 11
Views: 771

Re: Interesting Hypothesis

Can you say "Too stupid to live" boys & girls? I knew you could!

A person becomes a member of the Darwin Club & receives a Darwin Award if he/she takes him/herself out of the gene pool in some manner that shows their lack of fitness to survive and/or procreate.
by circumspice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Interesting Hypothesis
Replies: 11
Views: 771

Re: Interesting Hypothesis

If he didn't survive, or if he was unable to reproduce after a silly ass stunt like that... he joins the Darwin Club & gets an award.
by circumspice
Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Interesting Hypothesis
Replies: 11
Views: 771

Re: Interesting Hypothesis

I didn't state that very well... I think the statement that the artists were high from hypoxia is egregious. I sincerely doubt that anyone with a lick of sense would remain in such an environment once they started feeling some effects of oxygen deprivation. Early humans almost certainly had a hyper...
by circumspice
Sat Apr 10, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Interesting Hypothesis
Replies: 11
Views: 771

Re: Interesting Hypothesis

I read this article & guffawed. Yeah, right... Early man braved tortuous crawls, total darkness, the threat of rock falls & entrapment, etc just to get high from anoxia... Some researchers are really digging in the bottom of the barrel to find something, ANYTHING, that will bring attention to their...
by circumspice
Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Earliest interbreeding event between ancient human populations discovered
Replies: 0
Views: 1021

Earliest interbreeding event between ancient human populations discovered

The article is somewhat elderly, but interesting nonetheless. Date: February 20, 2020 Source: University of Utah Summary: A new study documented the earliest known interbreeding event between ancient human populations -- a group known as the 'super-archaics' in Eurasia interbred with a Neanderthal-...
by circumspice
Tue Mar 09, 2021 4:02 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: Great Pyramid "Air Shafts"
Replies: 8
Views: 1069

Re: Great Pyramid "Air Shafts"

New inscriptions aren't exactly diddly squat Min. It seems to me that finding ancient Egyptian inscriptions in such an inaccessible place should be the death knell for Pyramidiots, Ancient Aliens fanboys, the Alt Pseudo Archaeology crowd & their ilk. They can't possibly say that someone forged thos...
by circumspice
Mon Mar 08, 2021 12:18 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: Great Pyramid "Air Shafts"
Replies: 8
Views: 1069

Re: Great Pyramid "Air Shafts"

Dang! I don't know how I missed it... There is a link to the University of Leeds press release posted in the body of the Discover Magazine article... The press release did include one blurry photo of the 'drawings' on the floor. What they called elaborate symbols looks like the usual ubiquitous hie...