For years and years, I’ve wondered at the gall of anthropologists and arkies who claimed that Homo became h.sapiens sapiens a mere 40,000 years ago.
Evolution for all the other animals took many hundreds of thousands of years, even millions of years, and they would tell us that with a straight face. Even within the mechanics of evolution itself, animals are basically retarded, while wonderful humans got on the fast track, because – well, because we are US. Do we need another reason?
Then they would also tell us that only 35,000 years ago the Neandertals faded, stomped into the ground by the flat-foreheaded Cro-Mags. And instantly we were no long even Cro-magnons, but fully developed modern man. Oh, excuse me, I forgot to capitalize that: Modern Man. In spite of our having left the Man-in-the-image-of-God crap behind when the Royal Society gave the Church the final finger (or at least when Lyell and Darwin did), science still thought of us humans as that miracle birth, right out of the virginal womb of the Patriarchal God. Still does, it seems.
Even the 200,000 years ago Mother of us all, “African Eve”, was told to us with a straight face.
(There is clear clear evidence that Ötzi, the Alpine ‘Ice Man,’ had a mitochondrial DNA type that is no longer with us. Now, what is the bigger picture that this tells us? That genetic types go extinct, get cut off, get lost, and are never seen again. But what is the next thing that this tells us? That if one type went extinct only 5,000 years ago, others also are likely to have gone extinct, and at varying times in the past. And then what is the next next thing that this suggests? That at the 200,000 year point when African Eve “birthed us all,” that is only one take on it.
It was ALSO very possibly a bottleneck, a time when other genetic types died out and only one survived. It may have all been a long process or a short one; we cannot know yet.
African Eve may merely be the end of a long bottleneck, a woman who had enough fecund children to begin the proliferation of humans. It, in fact, might have been a case similar to the biblical Noah and his story (one which is repeated in scores of ancient accounts). Noah’s wife – or her equivalent in Babylonian or New World accounts/histories/tales – would then be an Eve. But the scientists don’t dare refer to African Eve as Noah’s wife Set. That is WAY too close to religion and – heaven forbid – The Flood of Noah. I am not saying she specifically was or wasn’t. After all, the story of Noah doesn’t enter the Biblical account until after the Jewish people were held in captivity in Babylon, whose tale of The Flood preceded the tale of Noah. So it is very possible that Noah’s tale was a retelling of the Babylonian tale. This thinking is nothing new, but it is well to mention it.
Could this have happened 200,000 years ago, instead of 4,000 years ago? At least some evidence is moving in that direction, so, yes, maybe it does, though to make an assertion to that effect would be un-scientific – as in not conservative enough for peer-review.
All these changes, in the blink of a geological eye or even an evolutionary eye.
Poppycock! Continue reading