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by Cognito
Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: New World
Topic: A Study of Early North American Skulls
Replies: 20
Views: 2876

Re: A Study of Early North American Skulls

There were sporadic Spanish attempts to move north from Florida. They seem to have been more interested in gold than agriculture, though. The Carolinas are not big in gold. The English settlers in Jamestown were planning to strike it rich in gold deposits also: https://invest.usgoldbureau.com/news/...
by Cognito
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: New World
Topic: A Study of Early North American Skulls
Replies: 20
Views: 2876

Re: A Study of Early North American Skulls

Is that entirely true? Were the Carolinas for eg completely under Spanish control by 1620? The English were well aware of Spain's reaction to the French establishing Ft. Caroline in 1564 and its resulting destruction and execution of all male inhabitants by Menendez. St Augustine was settled by the...
by Cognito
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: New World
Topic: A Study of Early North American Skulls
Replies: 20
Views: 2876

Re: A Study of Early North American Skulls

This evokes the question about white settlement in the North America during the colonial period - why on earth did anyone bother sailing or walking from one freezing place to another. Answer: Freedom of religion (i.e. politics) and the ability to own land. Warmer latitudes farther south were contro...
by Cognito
Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Java Man not so old after all
Replies: 3
Views: 1056

Re: Java Man not so old after all

I agree min. HE is possibly the unidentified hominid whose DNA has been found alongside the Neanderthal & Denisovan DNA in the modern human genome. In an email correspondence with M. Wolpoff of the Univ. of Michigan a few years back he made the same comment as you did and referred to the anomalies ...
by Cognito
Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: New World
Topic: Commentary on the Peopling of the New World
Replies: 2
Views: 561

Re: Commentary on the Peopling of the New World

Thanks for the fascinating article, Spice! It is interesting that the area's isostatic rebound can be calculated so accurately with many of the shorelines now being about the same level as 20kya. A 400 foot sea level rise with a 400 foot rebound. Ted Goebel, associate director of the Center for the ...
by Cognito
Sun Jan 19, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: The Rehabilitation of HNS Continues Apace!
Replies: 19
Views: 1257

Re: The Rehabilitation of HNS Continues Apace!

I always wondered how a species that survived & probably thrived for hundreds of millennia, under varying climatic conditions, could suddenly become so 'fragile' when confronted with HSS's magnificence... The HN population was incredibly low in Eurasia when HS showed up, most estimates I have seen ...
by Cognito
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: The Rehabilitation of HNS Continues Apace!
Replies: 19
Views: 1257

Re: The Rehabilitation of HNS Continues Apace!

I've noted before that I'm not overly convinced that all these designations were actually separate species. Given the amount of hybrids that we are aware of so far, I agree. These are pretty much the same species changing over time due to different environmental habitats, but not enough so they cou...
by Cognito
Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: The Rehabilitation of HNS Continues Apace!
Replies: 19
Views: 1257

Re: The Rehabilitation of HNS Continues Apace!

The spears found at Schöningen were in a cache of eight (primarily spruce) and weighed just under 2lbs apiece. Being carved and shaped like a javelin, and weighing the same as modern javelins, didn't anyone think that they could be flung like a javelin? :roll: They were an excellent tool for bagging...
by Cognito
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: New World
Topic: Does anyone know what this is?
Replies: 6
Views: 1012

Re: Does anyone know what this is?

Wear indicates that the item was found in a stream bed and looks like a concretion to me. Unusual shape, but nature can do that.
by Cognito
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: Nefertiti in the news again
Replies: 18
Views: 2741

Re: Nefertiti in the news again

At some point one needs to admit that archaeologists use these kinds of sensational claims to build interest and maybe even fundraising. Exactly. Zahi has more lives than a cat and has done quite well amidst difficult political surroundings. Raise money? Aggrandize himself? Build interest for touri...
by Cognito
Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Australia & Oceania, Antarctica
Topic: Another new hominid species?
Replies: 4
Views: 9296

Re: Another new hominid species?

Based on all of the anomalous finds to date, it is obvious to me that members of the human species began entering the Americas before the Eemian Interglacial 125kya. Which species arrived is difficult to pin down since human remains are incredibly rare. However, their tools and traces are all over t...
by Cognito
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: New World
Topic: Idaho, huh?
Replies: 10
Views: 4386

Re: Idaho, huh?

And meanwhile, farther south, people were trapping mammoths at about 15,000ybp in Mexico, see: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/mammoth-traps-containing-remains-of-14-of-the-giant-creatures-discovered-in-mexico/ar-BBWsNWZ?ocid=spartandhp Since the earliest Clovis remains recovered were found at ...
by Cognito
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: New World
Topic: Idaho, huh?
Replies: 10
Views: 4386

Re: Idaho, huh?

I found the last paragraph in the Seattle Times article interesting wherein the archaeologist is comparing the tools found in Idaho to those extant in Japan at the time. The Japanese current takes boats directly over to British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. There are historical accounts of Japane...
by Cognito
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: Huh?
Replies: 18
Views: 4245

Re: Huh?

"A match of only five alleles does not prove any conclusive close family relationship. The data published by Hawass et al. gives only eight autosomal STR markers (Hawass et al., 2010)." From ISOGG Wiki: https://isogg.org/wiki/CODIS The previous genetic analysis really appears to be unsophisticated....
by Cognito
Thu May 09, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: Denisovan Jaw Bone Found in Tibet
Replies: 23
Views: 5828

Re: Denisovan Jaw Bone Found in Tibet

When have men ever missed a chance to dominate and/or limit females? Being given the status of trade goods infers some type of perceived value... Which I doubt existed. You really ought to try looking at it from the 'other' side Min, even though it may be a little uncomfortable... The noble savage?...