Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Our ancestors were-- party animals.

I found this story very interesting:

early humans threw clambakes.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In one of the earliest hints of "modern" living, humans 164,000 years ago put on primitive makeup and hit the seashore for steaming mussels, new archaeological finds show.

Call it a beach party for early man.

But it's a beach party thrown by people who weren't supposed to be advanced enough for this type of behavior. What was found in a cave in South Africa may change how scientists believe Homo sapiens marched into modernity.

Sounds like they will have to rewrite the books on this stuff.

I bet that pretty soon, they will find a sample of early writing, and it will say,

"Heya, Fred, how's Pebbles?" and the next line will be,

"A regular one, Barn. Don't forget bowling tonight, right?"

Yabba, Dabba, Doo.


Chuck said...

Well, you know Eli. Neandertal disappeared "overnight" and out of nowhere comes Cro-Magnon. The truth is, we just don't know. We may never know.

Eli Blake said...
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Eli Blake said...

Of course, Chuck, if you remember the post onc could argue that Neanderthals never did go away. We have one running for President right now.

Chuck said...

HA!HA! Yes, I remember that one.

shrimplate said...

They may have been prehistoric, but as for their anatomy and physiology they were essentially "modern."

I suspect that early people were far less superstitious than typically portrayed, and that instead many of them (perhaps as many of us now as a percentage of the general population) were probably quite scientific in their outlook upon the world.