February 17, 2005

MAN, THEY AREN'T KIDDING ABOUT GRADUALISM, ARE THEY?:

Omo skulls set fossil record of humans (Xinhuanet, 2005-02-17)

A recent analysis of two Homo sapiens skulls unearthed nearly 40 years ago in Ethiopia has pushed the fossil record of modern humans back to 195,000 years ago.

After looking at the volcanic ash where the skulls -- Omo I and Omo II unearthed in Kibish, Ethiopia in 1967 along the Omo river -- the researchers not only dated the remains as the same age but pushed back the date of their existence, making them by far the oldest humans.

Previously, the oldest known fossils of Homo sapiens were Ethiopian skulls dated to about 160,000 years ago.

"It pushes back the beginning of the anatomically modern humans," said geologist Frank Brown, Dean of the University of Utah's College of Mines and Earth Sciences and co-author of a new study into the skulls known as Omo I and Omo II.


They aren't even close to being the oldest humans.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 17, 2005 7:52 AM
Comments

I read the Telegraph link. Very interesting. The problem here is that the gentecists tell us that we are decended from a very small number of ancestors who lived in east africa about 200,000 years ago. Many of the fosills may represent aunts and uncles not grandparents.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 18, 2005 2:52 AM

Exactly. That's why there's little point in harping on that we don't get to 'see' evolution in the rather limited span of 80 years.

Posted by: creeper at February 18, 2005 11:19 AM

Posit a new species every 4 million plus years and we rose from amoeba in what 100 or so steps?

Posted by: oj at February 18, 2005 12:23 PM

Evolution comes in spurts.

Posted by: creeper at February 18, 2005 2:43 PM

"Posit a new species every 4 million plus years and we rose from amoeba in what 100 or so steps?

Pretty much. But why posit a new species every 4 million years? Why posit that the rate of change is absolutely constant or period from one species emerging to the next is always the same?

Posted by: creeper at February 18, 2005 3:56 PM
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