Found! Mankind's missing link | Ancient Lost Civilizations | Forum

A A A
Avatar
Please consider registering
Guest
Search
Forum Scope




Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
Register Lost password?
sp_Feed sp_TopicIcon
Found! Mankind's missing link
Avatar
rath
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 4298
Member Since:
April 9, 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
1
September 12, 2011 - 7:18 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

September 09, 2011

NEW testing on prehistoric skeletons found in South Africa has found they are 2 million years old -- providing compelling evidence the discovery could be mankind's earliest known ancestor.

An international research team determined the age of the primitive human remains using uranium-lead dating and analysis of the flowstone surrounding them at the excavation site.

The age of the skeletons, named Australopithecus sediba -- meaning "natural spring" in the South African language of Sotho -- puts forward a strong case for the hominids being the missing link between man and ape.

The fossils were found in 2008 at the Malapa Cave site -- in an area known as the Cradle of Humankind, west of Johannesburg -- and were brought to the world's attention last year by Professor Paul Dirks from Australia's James Cook University in Townsville and Professor Lee Berger, from the University of Witwatersrand.

Their work is being published this week in a series of five papers in the international journal ‘Science’.
Until now fossils dated to 1.9 million years ago, including Homo habilis and Homo rudolfensis, were considered ancestors of Homo erectus, the earliest undisputed human ancestor.

"We are able to say far more definitely that we have a lot of very good evidence that these fossils are older than Homo erectus," Dirks said.

"Last year, we got a bit of criticism from people who said we weren't certain about the age of the fossils and there was an overlap with the Homo erectus fossils. But this year, we can be far more definite."

There have now been six skeletons unearthed at the cave -- including what appears to be a family of five with a male adult, a female adult, a juvenile, a small child and a baby.
.

Avatar
bionic
Member
Members
Forum Posts: 9871
Member Since:
April 9, 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
2
September 27, 2011 - 4:26 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

intriguing

Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

Avatar
Guest
Guests
3
December 12, 2011 - 4:48 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

I've read several articles about that location and this find. They really have found a treasure trove and I can't wait to see what else they uncover.

Forum Timezone: America/Los_Angeles
Most Users Ever Online: 288
Currently Online:
45
Guest(s)
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Top Posters:
greeney2: 10317
bionic: 9871
Lashmar: 5290
tigger: 4577
rath: 4298
DIss0n80r: 4162
sandra: 3859
frrostedman: 3816
Wing-Zero: 3279
Tairaa: 2843
Newest Members:
Rainabrainz
Jeff
Rhys Simpson
quando BORIS
Neil Linaker
ChristianWeah
9LIVES
Allie
Madeline Thom
Mark Stark
Forum Stats:
Groups: 8
Forums: 31
Topics: 9247
Posts: 124672

 

Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 2
Members: 25008
Moderators: 0
Admins: 2
Administrators: John Greenewald, blackvault