DON’T GIVE UP

THE NIGHT JOB

you archaeologists. And who knows, you may yet reach a consensus. Or (horrors~!) one day get it right …

The timing of the first entry of humans into North America across the Bering Strait has now been set back 10,000 years.

This has been demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt by Ariane Burke, a professor in Université de Montréal’s Department of Anthropology, and her doctoral student Lauriane Bourgeon, with the contribution of Dr. Thomas Higham, Deputy Director of Oxford University’s Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit.

The earliest settlement date of North America, until now estimated at 14,000 years Before Present (BP) according to the earliest dated archaeological sites, is now estimated at 24,000 BP, at the height of the last ice age or Last Glacial Maximum.

The researchers made their discovery using artifacts from the Bluefish …

Read more at: CLICK HERE

pc… if you just stick with it long enough. Or like good ol’ Zahi simply zealously (and very sincerely) out-gabble any genuine querents*.

So stick to your last till the very last—victory, as they say, goes to the stayer. ‘Twas ever thus.

BUT WAIT

it gets better—

How smart were human-like species of the Stone Age? New research published in the Journal of Archaeological Science by a team led by paleoanthropologist April Nowell of the University of Victoria reveals surprisingly sophisticated adaptations by early humans living 250,000 years ago in a former oasis near Azraq, Jordan.

The research team from UVic and partner universities in the US and Jordan has found the oldest evidence of protein residue—the residual remains of butchered animals including horse, rhinoceros, wild cattle and duck—on stone tools. The discovery draws startling conclusions about how these early humans subsisted in a very demanding habitat, thousands of years before Homo sapiens first evolved in Africa.

The team excavated 10,000 stone tools over three years from what is now a desert in the northwest of Jordan, but was once a wetland that became increasingly arid habitat 250,000 years ago. The team closely examined 7,000 of these tools, including scrapers, flakes, projectile points and hand axes (commonly known as the “Swiss army knife” of the Paleolithic period), with 44 subsequently selected as candidates for testing. Of this sample, 17 tools tested positive for protein residue, i.e. blood and other animal products.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2016-08-archaeology-team-world-first-tool-discovery.html#jCp

Here, as reward for reading this far you get a nice freebie—

knife.png

—from the same source. (But be careful, these things can be very sharp.)

May your Light Of Knowledge never dim—

wpplh

—despite the best efforts of The Establishment.

kismet

* Whilst holding the door shut and  earnestly proclaiming you are holding it wide open (and inviting debate). Cute …

 

 

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2 thoughts on “DON’T GIVE UP

  1. Interesting! Seems to further support the waves of migration hypothesis, as opposed to the old single out-of-Africa scenario. Given that the average human has about 6% Neanderthal genes, it looks more and more like we were many travelling species, quick to intermix and mingle. Paleolithic multiculturalism 🙂

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