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by Ishtar
Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:41 pm
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: "Palaeo cave paintings are based on religious beliefs"
Replies: 38
Views: 19027

Re: "Palaeo cave paintings are based on religious beliefs"

Well, my dear Min, to a determined atheist, nothing I say will make any difference. But perhaps there are others reading this whose minds are more open, and so this is for them: In a religion, you're asked to believe in a God that you will never get to meet. You are told that your religious leaders ...
by Ishtar
Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:26 am
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: "Palaeo cave paintings are based on religious beliefs"
Replies: 38
Views: 19027

"Palaeo cave paintings are based on religious beliefs"

I'd have preferred it if they had said 'spiritual' or 'shamanic' rather than 'religious ~ as they are completely different kettles of fish ~ but anyway, at least it's a step forward from the belief that these paintings were to create "hunting magic", whatever that is, or just pretty pictures that St...
by Ishtar
Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:00 am
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Written communications 60,000 yrs ago ~ on ostrich shells
Replies: 54
Views: 28213

Re: Written communications 60,000 yrs ago ~ on ostrich shells

Which North Americans find it hard to "face that reality", RS? It would only deemed to be politically incorrect if you accept the following: change = progress and progress = a good thing. Change = progress = a good thing is a modern idea that probably stems from Neo Darwinist ideas about evolution. ...
by Ishtar
Thu Apr 15, 2010 2:31 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: New clue to the location of ancient Egyptian land of Punt
Replies: 12
Views: 5135

Re: New clue to the location of ancient Egyptian land of Punt

Does the Giraffe painting give a clue to which Giraffe Ish? Roy. You mean there's more than one kind? :( This very interesting pdf says that it was actually a giraffe hieroglyphic that was found in Hatshepsut's tomb next to a illustration of a ship being loaded up from Punt. Apparently, the hierogl...
by Ishtar
Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:54 am
Forum: Old World
Topic: New clue to the location of ancient Egyptian land of Punt
Replies: 12
Views: 5135

New clue to the location of ancient Egyptian land of Punt

The ancient Egyptians talked about trading with a land of Punt but, so far, no-one's been able to figure out where that was. Some Egyptologists think it might be somewhere in Arabia, such as Yemen. However the painting of a giraffe, at a temple built by Queen Hatshepsut, tells archaeologists means t...
by Ishtar
Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:53 pm
Forum: Old World
Topic: A sad day for Egyptology ~ Hawass closes tunnels under Giza
Replies: 4
Views: 2907

A sad day for Egyptology ~ Hawass closes tunnels under Giza

Back last August, we reported on Andrew Collins' discovery of a labyrinthine complex of natural passages under the Giza pyramids. The story is here . Aug. 13, 2009 -- An enormous system of caves, chambers and tunnels lies hidden beneath the Pyramids of Giza, according to a British explorer who claim...
by Ishtar
Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:13 am
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: DNA identifies previously unknown human-like ancestor
Replies: 15
Views: 11581

Re: DNA identifies previously unknown human-like ancestor

You must be getting old, RS! :P There's nothing like a good brawl to set one up for the day! :D
by Ishtar
Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:32 am
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: DNA identifies previously unknown human-like ancestor
Replies: 15
Views: 11581

Re: DNA identifies previously unknown human-like ancestor

Further, even this story is hardly paradigm shattering for Out of Africa. There is a site, Ulalinka, in Siberia, discovered in 1961, that is more than 200,000 years old and some even date it to more than 600,000 years old (In other words, there's the usual controversy over the dating). OK, admittedl...
by Ishtar
Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:14 pm
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: DNA identifies previously unknown human-like ancestor
Replies: 15
Views: 11581

Re: DNA identifies previously unknown human-like ancestor

Minimalist wrote:
I still think they are a little loose with their use of the word "species."
John Hawkes agrees with you, Min, here: Hobbit version 2.0: the undiscovered hominin.
by Ishtar
Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: DNA identifies previously unknown human-like ancestor
Replies: 15
Views: 11581

Re: DNA identifies previously unknown human-like ancestor

Interesting addendum from Sci Am, which makes the point that this is the first time that a hominim has been identified solely on the basis of DNA. It's quite interesting to see how they worked it out ... Johannes Krause and Svante Pääbo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Le...
by Ishtar
Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: DNA identifies previously unknown human-like ancestor
Replies: 15
Views: 11581

DNA identifies previously unknown human-like ancestor

Hello guys. Just thought I'd drop by and let you know about this story which is based on an article just published in Nature. We're being told that the newly-discovered DNA in Siberia is from a human-like being who lived there between 48,000 and 30,000 years ago. They're still saying, though, that: ...
by Ishtar
Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:08 am
Forum: Australia & Oceania, Antarctica
Topic: Tasmanian Site Discovery
Replies: 81
Views: 61609

Re: Tasmanian Site Discovery

Min, I think an Ice Age may occur quicker than you think. This was from Cogs on my forum a few weeks ago: Actually, the ice age "climate switch" can occur in as little as three years. However, frigid conditions will take decades to really mess up the neighborhood with accumulated snow turned to ice,...
by Ishtar
Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:09 am
Forum: Australia & Oceania, Antarctica
Topic: Tasmanian Site Discovery
Replies: 81
Views: 61609

Re: Tasmanian Site Discovery

You didn't mention climate change, Min. That could be a very good reason to move! It almost certainly moved the Dene-Caucasian speakers from the Altai region of Siberia into the Basque region of Spain after the last Ice Age, according to the Palaeolithic Continuity Theory of the Europeans, as this p...
by Ishtar
Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:34 pm
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Homo erectus could have evolved from Asia
Replies: 19
Views: 10863

Re: Homo erectus could have evolved from Asia

I love it when you call me Madam! :D
by Ishtar
Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:55 am
Forum: Anthropology and Primitive Societies
Topic: Homo erectus could have evolved from Asia
Replies: 19
Views: 10863

Re: Homo erectus could have evolved from Asia

I'm very very wary of an Asia-First Anything . Living in Vancouver a person is exposed to a lot of Chinese Govt propaganda, some quite blatant and some more subtle. One thing is sure-these are nasty nasty operators, swine of the lowest most odoriferous order who will use any pretense and excuse to ...