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Find raises doubts on key theory of human evolution
The Scotsman ^ | April 3, 2007 | JOHN VON RADOWITZ

Posted on 04/02/2007 7:10:57 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger

A 40,000-YEAR-OLD skeleton found in China has raised questions about the "out of Africa" hypothesis on how early modern humans populated the planet.

The fossil bones are the oldest from an adult "modern" human to be found in eastern Asia.

They contain features that call into question the widely held view that our direct ancestors completed their evolution in Africa before spreading out into Europe and the Far East.

The "out of Africa" hypothesis proposes that all humans alive today are descended from a small group of sub- Saharan Africans who made their way out of the continent about 60,000 years ago.

A rival theory suggests that modern humans evolved into their current form in a number of different locations around the world, not just Africa.

Some experts think people today are the result of interbreeding between the later emigrating humans and the older inhabitants they encountered.

The new discovery came after workers stumbled across the bones in Tianyuan Cave, in Zhoukoudian, near Beijing.

Experts writing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences dated the skeleton to between 38,500 and 42,000 years ago.

As well as having "modern" human traits, the skeleton also had physical characteristics normally seen in Neanderthals and other more ancient humans such as Homo erectus.


TOPICS: Extended News; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: crevolist; evolution; fsmdidit; godsgravesglyphs; origins; piltdownman; prehistory; tianyuancave; yecapologetics
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1 posted on 04/02/2007 7:11:03 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger
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2 posted on 04/02/2007 7:11:48 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.)
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


3 posted on 04/02/2007 7:19:40 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (If this city were any 'bluer', it'd be spelled 'bleu'.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
“...other more ancient humans such as Homo erectus.”

Could this be the source of sexual deviancy? :)

4 posted on 04/02/2007 7:24:48 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Uh-Oh! The representative for Geico will not be pleased.


5 posted on 04/02/2007 7:31:24 PM PDT by NicknamedBob (I know where I have gone wrong, and I can cite it, chapter and verse.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger; To Hell With Poverty

Almost a photo finish. :’) Thanks for the pings.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1810947/posts


6 posted on 04/02/2007 7:41:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Monday, April 2, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Rule Number 1: Never question the orthodoxy required of the methodological naturalist's cloaked assumptions regarding history. Otherwise you are simply “unscientific” and thereby unworthy of commentary.
7 posted on 04/02/2007 7:42:04 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Is this gonna be aNOTHER of your inFLAMatory threads?
—EvoDude


8 posted on 04/02/2007 7:43:11 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

More evidence of the rise of China. They also invented gun powder and egg rolls.


9 posted on 04/02/2007 7:43:29 PM PDT by Malesherbes
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To: NicknamedBob

“You could do a little RESEARCH!”


10 posted on 04/02/2007 7:43:44 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: DaveLoneRanger; neverdem; sionnsar; RightWhale

Actually, a distributed evolution makes more sense, considering the tight timeline involved in developing intelligence.

Some hybrid vigor could have accelerated the process.

The problem is arranging the frequent family get-togethers.


11 posted on 04/02/2007 7:45:26 PM PDT by NicknamedBob (I know where I have gone wrong, and I can cite it, chapter and verse.)
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Oh great! - Now we have to conjur-up an Out-of-China wing of evolunacy....


12 posted on 04/02/2007 8:00:13 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Turning the general election into a second Democrat primary is not a winning strategy.)
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To: Elsie

Nah, they tend not to show up on threads of substance that challenge their assumptions. They’d rather attack me.


13 posted on 04/02/2007 8:00:43 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Another evolutionary “prediction” shot down the drain.


14 posted on 04/02/2007 8:01:05 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Found in China...yeah sure...but there was no China there then.


15 posted on 04/02/2007 8:03:47 PM PDT by eleni121 ( + En Touto Nika! By this sign conquer! + Constantine the Great))
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"... yeah sure...but there was no China there then."

They had to use paper plates?

16 posted on 04/02/2007 8:09:58 PM PDT by NicknamedBob (I know where I have gone wrong, and I can cite it, chapter and verse.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Don't bother to gloat too much.

Either of these possibilities shows that the "young earth" and "creation some 6000 years ago" ideas are wrong.

And even if both of these possibilities were subsequently shown to be wrong, that doesn't make your particular religious belief true.

Why don't you try to visit your college library, and really look at a few dozen or a few hundred of the technical journals dealing with evolution.

You are not getting a straight story from AnswersinGenesis.

17 posted on 04/02/2007 8:10:22 PM PDT by Coyoteman (Religious belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge.)
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To: NicknamedBob; eleni121
DUH, people! It was China? Maybe they used chopsticks?
18 posted on 04/02/2007 8:11:32 PM PDT by DaveLoneRanger (As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger; Ethan Clive Osgoode
Another evolutionary “prediction” shot down the drain.

Don't count on it. When you're dealing with rubber science the drain tends to get plugged up.

19 posted on 04/02/2007 8:11:38 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: DaveLoneRanger

The evos will never get it....


20 posted on 04/02/2007 8:14:39 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8...down to 3..GWB, we hardly knew ye...)
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