Skip to comments.Could the first Maltese have been Neanderthals?
Posted on 06/19/2016 7:15:34 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Maltese prehistory may have just been extended by 30,000 years.
The verdict of experts from the London Natural History Museum has revived the theory that a tooth discovered in Għar Dalam in 1917 may prove Neanderthals once roamed the island.
The claim is not new. It was made in the 1920s by two British anthropologists, but four decades later the theory no longer had credence.
Anyone who wrote a history book from 1964 till today will say there were never any Neanderthals on Malta. According to them, the first people to come here were Sicilian farmers around 7,000 years ago, said Anton Mifsud, a retired pediatrician and avid archaeology buff.
Well, the presence of Neanderthals pushes that back some 30,000 years. Its a complete game changer, he told the Sunday Times of Malta yesterday. Dr Mifsud believes features recently identified as being exclusively Neanderthal by international experts are present in at least one molar found during the dig in Għar Dalam in 1917.
With their distinctly receding forehead and prominent brow, Neanderthals are our closest extinct human relatives, dating as far back as 300,000 years ago.
In a recently published book entitled Dossier Malta Neanderthal Dr Mifsud lays out his study of the crowns of these teeth using the same principles adopted by world leaders in the field of geometric morphometrics the quantitative analysis of shapes and sizes in nature....
(Excerpt) Read more at timesofmalta.com ...
Harsh cosmetically, accurate genetically.
But what about their falcons?
Will the neanderthals or the Maltese be the most insulted?
I’ll have the roast duck with the mango salsa.
There is that.
Most honorable 2ndDivision One. Please prove to me there is any history beyond 10,000 years, and that is being generous. History is only valid unless it is written, something we can see, all else is simply presumptuous and frivolous nonsense. Ask that sunkincivilization guy, a laughable joke pretending to be erudite.
I saw a TV show about odd human skeletons on Malta.
I can’t remember anything about it except they were clearly not like normal ones.
Various attributes about the Earth have History well beyond 10,000 Erf Years. Apparently Peeps have some history that may be gleaned beyond the preserved written record. Monkeys have history too. Maybe you are thinking of Herstory or Ziestory....
Could you name a few?
“Monkeys have history.” How would we know? Are you a “monkey history” expert? And how long does that “monkey history” go back? Did those monkeys speak to you?
For the Erf we have magnetic field orientation.
Did the Neanderthals on Malta dream of falcons?
For many attributes of various Erf things, the history is not in a written language. I believe History includes non language data.
They dreamed of Brigid O’Shaughnessy ......
Then what is your problem beyond some word definitional myopia?
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