From Cosmos Magazine:
The discovery of two fossils has challenged the belief that our early human ancestor Homo erectus evolved from Homo habilis and suggests they co-existed.
The finds, on the eastern bank of Lake Turkana in Kenya – detailed today in the British journal Nature – are evidence that the two species may have intermingled for some 50,000 years in East Africa.
The team that found the remains was led by mother-daughter team Louise and Meave Leakey of the famed Kenyan anthropological family who have uncovered a host of critical human and hominid remains in east Africa.
One of the fossils is a 1.4-million-year-old upper jaw bone of H.habilis, which is the most recent fossil of the species known. The second is a remarkably well preserved skull of H.erectus, which paradoxically dates back even further, to some 1.55 million years ago.
“What is truly striking about this fossil is its size,” said Fred Spoor of University College London in the U.K., and one of the paper’s authors. “It’s the smallest Homo erectus found anywhere in the world.”
The recent discovery of the two fossils has created a stir among academics tracing humankind’s roots, as it challenges the presumed evolutionary timeline of the species: H.habilis to H.erectus to Homo sapiens.
“Their co-existence makes it unlikely that Homo erectus evolved from Homo habilis,” said Meave Leakey of the Koobi Fora Research Project at the National museums of Kenya in Nairobi. “The fact that they stayed separate as individual species for a long time suggests that they had their own ecological niche, thus avoiding direct competition.”
H.habilis is a species of the genus Homo, which is thought to have lived from approximately 2.5 million to 1.8 million years ago.
If one reads this correctly, one human ancestor, homo erectus, was thought to have evolved from another human ancestor, homo habilis around 1.5 million years ago. But these recent fossil findings show that the h. erectus skull is older and smaller than the h. habilis fossil. In fact, the high priests of human evolution, Louise and Meave Leakey say that the people might have co-existed. I find this curious because when I was researching OOPArts (Out Of Place Artifacts) this week, I found a quote from Richard Leakey made in November 1998 after Cremo wrote a follow-up to his and Richard Thompson’s Forbidden Archaeology:
Thompson and Cremo leveled a blow against the orthodox priesthood with Forbidden Archaeology, an exhaustive 900-page tome that makes the case for extremely ancient human origins, a scenario that leaves more than ample time and opportunity for lost civilizations, golden ages, and highly advanced man to have appeared and vanished from the face of the earth. Forbidden Archaeology’s barrage of ignored and suppressed accounts culled from the priesthood’s own forgotten annals – records of early and more recent archaeological finds – demonstrated that presumptions about the age of mankind and evolutionary theory simply do not fit the record written in the ground.
Minus the usual doctrinal biases, though admittedly supporting their own, Thompson and Cremo laid out an overwhelming array of evidence for extremely ancient man: a five-million-year-old skull from Italy; bones found in a 286-million-year-old coal bed in Pennsylvania; an ornate vase from 500-million-year-old deposits; and 10-million-year-old flint tools from Burma – to name just a few. Few critics take issue with the actual evidence Thompson and Cremo presented. Instead, some resorted to “infantile name-calling,” as Cremo put it in a recent interview, “refusing to confront evidence in a serious way – that was the response from what I would call the fundamentalist, Darwinist element.”
In Cremo’s newly released Forbidden Archaeology’s Impact, a collection of responses to the original work, anthropologist Richard Leakey admits he did not actually read the book.
But he had this to say:
“A quick glance at some pages suggests to me that your book is pure humbug and does not deserve to be taken seriously by any one but a fool.” Leakey went on, personally deriding Cremo while invoking one of scientific materialism’s main tenets: “Sadly there are some [fools], but that’s part of [natural] selection and there is nothing that can be done.” Yale University’s Jonathon Marks responded in a similar vein: “This is a must for anyone interested in keeping up with goofy popular anthropology; at well over 900 pages, it is a veritable cornucopia of dreck.”
Well, we didn’t expect the Leakey family to be objective about evidence showing human evolution in a different light than the established dogma, did we? But Louise and Maeve found themselves in a conundrum about their finds in which they had to back-track from the company line somewhat. I found the following article a little odd in that it wasn’t an explanation, but just a non-answer meant for public consumption from Maeve Leakey and Fred Spoor:
Analysis of the jawbone shows that Homo habilis, once thought to be a direct ancestor of Homo erectus and thus of humans, lived side by side with H. erectus, making them sister species rather than mother and daughter.
“They coexisted at the same time and in the same place for half a million years,” said anthropologist Fred Spoor of University College London, a coauthor of the paper appearing in the journal Nature. “How likely is it that one would give rise to the other?”
Coauthor Maeve G. Leakey of Stony Brook University in New York added, “The fact that they stayed separate as individual species for a long time suggests that they had their own ecological niche, thus avoiding direct competition.”
The situation is similar to modern Homo sapiens and Neanderthals living side by side in Europe 50,000 years ago, said anthropologist William Kimbel of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University, who was not involved in the research.
Researchers once thought that Neanderthals were a predecessor of modern humans, but it eventually became clear that they were an evolutionary dead end. Now it seems the same is true of H. habilis, Kimbel said.
The finds “are consistent with a growing consensus” that the evolutionary tree of humans is highly branched rather than a single linear trunk, he said. The diversity, he said, tells us that “there is very little in the events of the early Pleistocene that can be seen as foretelling human adaptations.”
Sister species ay? Like Cro-Magnon Man and Neanderthals? Ok, sure. But all you proved is that these people are individual species, unrelated to each other. So who’s your Daddy? Or Mommy? And there is no explanation why one species is more advanced earlier than they thought and that they lived together at the same time, other than the Cro-Magnon Man and Neanderthal reason?
Human evolution and evolution in general are having many stones thrown at it because of the holes that is in the theory. Mainstream scientists say that is to be expected when a science matures. I take issue with that because it has been shown that mainstream science is not willing to accept curve balls thrown at it’s pillars of worship (like any dogma). Witness the treatment of Cremo, Thompson, Hancock, Bauval, Anthony West and others who dare ask the hard questions, and get hard evidence to boot!
Dogma is dogma in my view, whether it’s science, Christian, Islamic, Vedic, what have you. Jack Nicholson’s character in A Few Good Men told Tom Cruise, “You want the truth?” snaps Colonel Jessup .“You can’t handle the truth!” seems to be the mantra of the powers that be.
My take on the controversy is no matter what or how the evidence points to, the truth is always better than beneficient lying. I’m a free and sovereign entity and no matter what the NWO claims, I can handle the truth, however the bread falls. And even though this is a Christian saying, one can take wisdom from it: (John 8:32) “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”