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Site in Germany yields human presence over 1 million years ago
Popular Archaeology ^ | Spring 2016 Issue | Journal of Human Evolution

Posted on 03/25/2016 5:53:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

The late Early Pleistocene site near Untermassfeld, in Germany, is now well known for a rich array of fauna dating back to about 1.07 million years ago, including simple 'Mode 1' (or Oldowan-type) stone tools evidencing early human occupation. Now researchers Günter Landeck and Joan Garcia Garriga report, for the first time, evidence of early human butchery in the form of cut marks on animal bones and intentional hammerstone-related bone breakage. These human-modified bones were recovered in a small faunal subsample excavated from levels with simple 'Mode 1' stone tools. The butchered assemblage was found during fieldwork and surveying of ancient riverbanks and channel erosion sediments. The report authors state that the frequent occurrence of butchery traces on bones of large-sized herd animals, such as an ancient species of Bison, may suggest that the early human occupiers of the site had an enhanced need for meat because of changes resulting in a depletion of nutritive plants in winter. The study authors further note that early access to the carcasses before they were consumed by other carnivores made it possible for the early humans to acquire a sufficient amount of meat for subsistence. The researchers conclude that the stone tools and human-altered faunal remains at Untermassfeld provide evidence for the oldest early human settlement at European continental mid-latitudes, or about 50° N.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: creation; denisovans; dmanisi; evolution; germany; godsgravesglyphs; gunterlandeck; homoerectus; homoerectusgeorgicus; homoheidelbergensis; joangarciagarriga; neandertal; neandertals; neanderthal; neanderthals; oldowan; pleistocene; republicofgeorgia; untermassfeld
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A view of the picturesque modern village of Untermassfeld, near which the prehistoric site is located. Winfried Gaenssler, Wikimedia Commons

Winfried Gaenssler, Wikimedia Commons

1 posted on 03/25/2016 5:53:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

2 posted on 03/25/2016 5:54:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Here's to the day the forensics people scrape what's left of Putin off the ceiling of his limo.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Muslim Refugees, right?


3 posted on 03/25/2016 5:57:07 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob (As always, /s is implicitly assumed. Unless explicitly labled /not s. Saves keystrokes.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I thought everyone came out of Africa?


4 posted on 03/25/2016 5:57:49 PM PDT by cassiusking
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To: Scrambler Bob

More like early DemocRats...that preyed on everything around them. Nothing has changed in a million years...well before Tammany Hall. :-)


5 posted on 03/25/2016 6:00:30 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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Found this cave painting as well
6 posted on 03/25/2016 6:04:34 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: SunkenCiv

Oh, for crying out loud.

That’s where we had the family reunion last summer.

Some of my cousins got so drunk that they couldn’t unlock their camp trailers and ended up using rocks to eat the barbecue.

Oh, and don’t get all high-fallutin’ on me like your cousins don’t touch the demon rum.


7 posted on 03/25/2016 6:04:50 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

Lol! If your family’s secret recipe is illegal, you might be a redneck.


8 posted on 03/25/2016 6:09:13 PM PDT by goodwithagun (March 3, 2016: The date FReepers justified the "goodness" of Planned Parenthood.)
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To: EagleUSA

I’ll bet Merkel has their DNA.


9 posted on 03/25/2016 6:32:57 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob (As always, /s is implicitly assumed. Unless explicitly labled /not s. Saves keystrokes.)
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To: Scrambler Bob

Early Palestinians!


10 posted on 03/25/2016 6:42:40 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: SunkenCiv

A human presence 1 million years ago conflicts with the standard evolution story that I was taught. There is a book titled, Forbidden Archeology, that also presented evidence of very ancient man.


11 posted on 03/25/2016 6:47:04 PM PDT by ChessExpert (The unemployment rate was 4.5% when Democrats took Congress in 2006.)
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To: SunkenCiv
"Human" doesn't have to mean Homo sapiens but could refer to earlier species of the genus Homo.

According to a book about the Neanderthals (by Friedemann Schrenk and Stephanie Mueller) first published in 2005 (English translation, 2009), a date of 1.8 million years has been proposed for stone tools at a site in Spain. About a million years ago early humans had reached central Europe. This would be Homo erectus. A European variant of H. erectus called Homo heidelbergensis led to the Neanderthals. There is evidence for Homo heidelbergensis between 800,000 and 350,000 years ago in Spain, Italy, France, England, Germany, and Greece.

12 posted on 03/25/2016 7:11:16 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: SunkenCiv

Didn't we already know about this?

13 posted on 03/25/2016 11:35:35 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("A Bill of Rights that means what the majority wants it to mean is worthless." - Scalia)
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To: ChessExpert; SunkenCiv

“Forbidden Archeology”

That book is a real brain blower.
Needs to be read by anyone interested in Human history.


14 posted on 03/26/2016 3:29:25 AM PDT by moose07 (DMCS (Dit Me Cong San ) - Nah. Put the Cheese down and step away.!)
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To: blueunicorn6
Drinkers? In *my* family? You're only saying that because the children learn rope skipping using the phrase "jack and a beer back".

15 posted on 03/26/2016 7:07:26 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Here's to the day the forensics people scrape what's left of Putin off the ceiling of his limo.)
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To: cassiusking
Well, hell, if you were in Africa, wouldn't you want out?

16 posted on 03/26/2016 7:08:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Here's to the day the forensics people scrape what's left of Putin off the ceiling of his limo.)
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To: ChessExpert; moose07

Science is a method, not a body of knowledge, IOW, new information is possible (basically inevitable), leading to no fixed belief.

FA is an interesting book. It’s pretty darned thick, so is its sequel (can’t lay hands on either one, but have them both). One million years is nothing on their time scale, they accept finds of artifacts from billions-of-years-old strata. Generally that’s rejected by scientists. :’)

In a world 4.5 billion years old, that apparently cooled down within 100 million years of forming (liquid water was present, based on fossil data), and that went from Asian primates 45 million years ago — one percent of the age of the Earth — to hominids 5 million years ago — 1.1 percent of that — it’s difficult to NOT think of intelligent life having plenty of time to arise and get wiped out over and over.


17 posted on 03/26/2016 7:14:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Here's to the day the forensics people scrape what's left of Putin off the ceiling of his limo.)
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To: Pollster1
Charlie: Don't worry. It's educational.

Alan: One Million Years B.C.? How is this educational?

Charlie: Raquel Welch running from dinosaurs in a fur bikini? What is that, if not history?

18 posted on 03/26/2016 7:56:55 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Here's to the day the forensics people scrape what's left of Putin off the ceiling of his limo.)
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To: Verginius Rufus

In the UK, there's evidence of competition (battle) between different human types circa 700K ago. Of course, the British are all-in on their master race Replacement model, so it could be everyone just lived with each other and made tools at the site.
19 posted on 03/26/2016 8:08:14 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Here's to the day the forensics people scrape what's left of Putin off the ceiling of his limo.)
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To: SunkenCiv

So lovely and clean, not like the US ghetto.


20 posted on 03/26/2016 3:17:12 PM PDT by chit*chat
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