Skip to comments.Neanderthal may not be the oldest Dutchman [ 370,000 years B.P. ]
Posted on 03/30/2010 7:29:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
People may well have been roaming the land we now call the Netherlands for far longer than was assumed until recently. There is evidence to suggest that the country was home to the forebears of the Neanderthals. Amateur archaeologist Pieter Stoel found materials used by the oldest inhabitants in the central town of Woerden. These artefacts were shown to be at least 370,000 years old, which takes us back to long before the time of the Neanderthals. Our ancient forebears are often described as cavemen but that is not entirely accurate. There were no caves in this environment, explains Pieter Stoel:
"No, they cannot be specifically described as cave dwellers. There were no caves here in the Low Countries. They can best be described as people who travelled through the country along the rivers, where they could easily hunt the animals that came to the water to drink. At the time when they possibly roamed the Netherlands, the North Sea was dry, which would have enabled them to walk to England for example."Pieter Stoel is an amateur archaeologist. For 14 years, he has conducted research in his spare time, alongside his day job as high school physics and chemistry teacher. But next year he intends to leave the classroom behind him and focus completely on his research. He describes the find in Woerden as unique... Follow-up research is needed to show whether the artefacts actually come from the layers at the bottom of the pit or whether they were shifted by the dredging work. A layer by layer study is now being carried out to see which artefacts are located where...
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Hmmmm, that skull looks a lot like Henry Waxman.
Neanderthal may not be the oldest Dutchman [ 370,000 years B.P. ]
Nope, It was Neanda Thall, his wife, who lived 475,000
years B.P [Before Permanents]
Image: JOHN GURCHE PORTRAIT OF A PIONEER With a brain half the size of a modern one and a brow reminiscent of Homo habilis, this hominid is one of the most primitive members of our genus on record. Paleoartist John Gurche reconstructed this 1.75-million-year-old explorer from a nearly complete teenage H. erectus skull and associated mandible found in Dmanisi in the Republic of Georgia. The background figures derive from two partial crania recovered at the site.
Homo heidlebergensis or Homo antecessor?
Thats Homo heidelbergensis. Sorry.
Hard to tell, the Netherlands has a lot of different kinds of homo.
Well, that was fun.
Anyway, the only things he’s found are some possible tool remnants without context, iow, the age was estimated by the depth, and the supposition that the stone fragments resulted from prehistoric human activity will surely be controversial.
Sea gives up Neanderthal fossil [ dredged up from the North Sea ]
BBC | Monday, June 15, 2009 | Paul Rincon
Posted on 06/15/2009 8:19:35 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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Must have been other attractions . . .
Wow, couldn’t ya come up with some hot Dutch babes?
Inexplicably, however, the Dutch boys seemed to go for the Oriental girls. Perhaps that explains why this branch of the family tree didn't evolve into anything later on?
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