Scientists Find Skull of Human Ancestor - Yahoo! News:I just had to blog it before I head out for the night. Great story, and it's no surprise that they found it in the Afar region.
By DAGNACHEW TEKLU, Associated Press Writer 53 minutes ago
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Scientists in northeastern Ethiopia said Saturday that they have discovered the skull of a small human ancestor that could be a missing link between the extinct Homo erectus and modern man.
The hominid cranium — found in two pieces and believed to be between 500,000 and 250,000 years old — 'comes from a very significant period and is very close to the appearance of the anatomically modern human,' said Sileshi Semaw, director of the Gona Paleoanthropological Research Project in Ethiopia.
Archaeologists found the early human cranium five weeks ago at Gawis in Ethiopia's northeastern Afar region, Sileshi said.
Several stone tools and fossilized animals including two types of pigs, zebras, elephants, antelopes, cats, and rodents were also found at the site.
Wow! I really wonder what it would be like to travel through time and watch these folks living life in such an Earth changing transition.
"A good fossil provides anatomical evidence that allows us to refine our understanding of evolution. A great fossil forces us to re-examine our views of human origins. I believe the Gawis cranium is a great fossil," said Scott Simpson, a project paleontologist from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine at Cleveland, Ohio.And this is the kind of discovery that totally makes me wonder how so many folks can not understand animal evolution? It ain't like it's algebra or something like that.
Scientists conducting surveys in the Gawis River drainage basin found the skull in a small gully, the project statement said.
"This is really exciting because it joins a limited number of fossils which appear to be evolutionary between Homo erectus and our own species Homo sapiens," said Eric Delson, a paleoanthropologist at Lehman College of the City University of New York, who was not involved in the discovery but has followed the project.
Oh well, I'm absolutely happy that there a mathematicians at any rate. So many of the axioms of that particular discipline just leave me agonizingly frustrated and dissapointed by my own limitations.
Happy Saturnight y'all!