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So, who else discovered America.

  1. Feb 4, 2006 #1
    There is Columbus and the Vikings, now also the Chinese?


    Any more discoverers?
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  3. Feb 4, 2006 #2


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    That's their point 1. Point 4 is "And the Maya are of course Chinese". Phooey. Find theose 18 "peoples". And do they mean "people", i.e. individuals, or "peoples", i.e. populations?
  4. Feb 4, 2006 #3
    the native americans but they may have been the second wave from asia
    the africans may have been here first based on olmec heads and DNA from
    terria del fugo people

    other claims of old world contac include many seafairers from phonican, roman, and irish but less proof any of these
  5. Feb 5, 2006 #4


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    I heard that Columbus found America by using the map of a (Muslim)chinese who had discovred America first.(perhaps that explains why China andOBL both has concentrated on US. 1 wants their lands, the other wants to convert them to Islam! :biggrin:)

    China map lays claim to Americas

    P.S. what I said first was the things that I heard in news. So I don't know if at this link there would be any mention of that!
  6. Feb 9, 2006 #5
    There is evidence, as curcumstancial as it is, that around 20,000 (17,000 was the number sited) years ago some of the neanderthalian/cromagnon hybrid people made their way to NorthAmerica via ice flows and shifting ice during winter and spring from the western coasts of what is today "Europe".

    The physical evidence of this forced-migration is found in the flint-knapping style of tools found in France and also on the east coast of North America, apparently dating from similar eras and being identical flint knapping in technique and in nature.

    The hypothesis is backed up by computer models of how, 17,000 years ago, ice formed a bridge from the Nova Scotia - Maryland coastlines to the Great Britian and the French coastlines. The story goes that the Neanderthal/Cromagnon hybrid people would use the ice to get food in winter since seals were abundant out on the ice, away from land-based preditors.

    Hunting parties would be out on the ice... 17,000 years ago.... and could easily have been marrooned out there on the bergs of ice by storms or high seas.

    The computer models show that, during that time, the currents in the Atlantic were running from east to west and could have easily carried any surviving seal hunters closer to the coasts of North America where they would naturally continue in their survival efforts and eventually populate the large, fertile continent. This would explain the strikingly similar tool making technology existing on both sides of the Atlantic from that time period.

    There are geneology records that seem to back up this hypothesis as well... making it more of a theory that explains the population of North America by humans. Cool eh?!
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  8. Feb 19, 2006 #7
    How about 250,000 years:


    or more than a million??


  9. Feb 20, 2006 #8


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    At the end of the article in my previou post:
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    There is of course the trivial fact that native americans were also ancient discoverers of the Americas :smile:

    Depends what you call a "discoverer"...
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    At least I'm grateful that you didn't say the real discoverers were ants or other species that lived in Americas before humans! :smile:
  12. Mar 1, 2006 #11
    1.36 million year old tools found in Asia

    I suppose it could have been the Chinese who were here first, after all... they've had 1.36 million years to do it~.


    After having my personal account of the 800,000 bp Arabic find of a friend of mine removed/erased/censored from this thread... I thought I'd better myself and give a source from the almighty net for y'all. Thank you.
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  13. Mar 6, 2006 #12
    Here's a related site to confirm National Geographic and Nature on the 1.36 million year old tools found in the Nihewan Basin, China.


    Magnetic dating! Who woulda thought!? This article explains the technique well with diagrams etc......
  14. Mar 6, 2006 #13
    Yes Magnetic dating is very commonly used for (multi)million time scales and has served as a imported calibration/verification tool for other dating methods.

    Here is an important example:


    Check figure 4, the bands below the graph with the names "Brunhes", "Matuayma", "jaramillo", "olduval" etc indicate periods (chrons) of opposite magnetic polarisation. The boundaries are dated reasonably well and can be compared with the magnetic orientation of new samples, to determine the ages by its chron boundaries.
  15. Mar 7, 2006 #14
    This is a nice turn of events. Mind you, magnetic dating won't help date more recent finds. Although, magnetic poles do move a fair distance over just 10s of thousands of years.


    Around 80,000 years ago the magnetic north pole was more in the vicinity of Greenland and Iceland... today its more over northern Canada... and moving rapidly away toward Northern Alaska.

    I wonder if these shifts can be researched and documented enough then used to date more recent human activity, say, in the 100,000s of years category?

    I also wonder if reading stratas of lithospheric matrial or substrata for magnetically influenced direction is similar to taking an MRI reading where the protons of material can be discerned to be aligned in specific directions?

    The reason I'm so interested is because I was an archaeologist for 12 years here in the NW. There wasn't much money in the profession. However, today, corporations are more likely to do environmental and anthropological studies before beginning any big projects.

    I've spent many incredible years working to unravel the migration routes to North America (specifically the North West). Right now I can say that the "Bering Land Bridge" is about a 70-90% sure route while the route north from South America (DNA and Linquistial matches with the Tolmec and Olmec and Nishga FirstNations) is a definite 99% sure bet. Arrival via the Pacific is again a 99% sure bet with DNA and linguistical similarities showing up in the NW Haida FirstNations as related to the Hawiians. Can you dig it (pun intended)!?
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  16. Mar 16, 2006 #15
    from quantumcarl,

    There's no evidence of any such critter, not even in our genes.
  17. Mar 16, 2006 #16
    Analyzing evidence takes expertise, money and time...

    Please read the reputable article(s) and you may find some of the reactions to the discovery interesing as well:

    Neandertal-Cro-Magnon Hybrid?
    Analysis of skeletal remains buried in a Portuguese rock-shelter has yielded startling evidence that early modern humans and Neandertals may have interbred.

    Evolution - June 1999: Re: More balance on claimed Neandertal-Modern
    and if this turns out to be a Neandertal-CroMagnon hybrid, it will be a minor exception that proves the rule. GM>If anti-evolutionists would ...


    Evolution - June 1999: Re: More balance on claimed Neandertal ...
    >hypothesis, and if this turns out to be a Neandertal-CroMagnon hybrid, ... >hybrid was the product of Neanderthal female-Cro-Magnon male mating, for ...


    More results from www.asa3.org

    Please respond with references that defend your comment claiming that there is no evidence of Neandertal genetics in the genome of modern man.

    Do you have references that report on the genome of Neandertals?
    Do you have references that show the absence of Neandertal genes in modern humans?
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  18. Mar 20, 2006 #17

    Interbreeding between Neandertals and modern humans is a tantalizing subject, but I think the evidence so far shows that even if it was possible, it was either minimal or non-existant.

    I read the archeology.org link and saw that it was based on visual interpretation of the skeleton, that is, it "looks" like it's part Neandertal. I also found these opponents of Trinkhaus's claims:

    Christopher B. Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London, a proponent of a theory of more recent human origins in Africa, disagrees. The fossil youngster may be an unusually stocky modern human, Stringer holds. Even if further analysis confirms its hybrid status, he suspects that prehistoric interbreeding rarely occurred. Numerous fossils of early modern humans show no signs of Neandertal contacts, Stringer notes.

    Another out-of-Africa advocate, Jeffrey H. Schwartz of the University of Pittsburgh, views the fossil child as a modern human who possibly suffered growth abnormalities that created a bulky lower body. "I don't see any evidence of hybridization," Schwartz remarks.

    As for the absence of Neandertal genes in modern humans:

    While the authors explain that it's impossible to definitively conclude that no genetic flow occurred between early humans and Neandertals given the limited number of early human fossils available, they point out that even fossil samples considered as anatomically transitional between modern humans and Neandertals failed to show evidence of mtDNA exchange.

    These differences put the Neandertal genome well outside the limits of modern humans. Another interesting result is that the mtDNA sequence seemed equally distant from all modern groups of humans. In particular, it did not seem to be more closely related to Europeans, something that might have been expected if, as some scientists think, Neandertals were at least partly ancestral to them.

    The Neandertal is not merely outside the human range, but well outside it.
  19. Mar 20, 2006 #18


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    There do not appear to be any DNA tests which have confirmed a hybrid cro-magnum/neandertal mix.

    Here are posts from another thread this was discussed in.

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  20. Mar 20, 2006 #19
    Thank you for these references they're a great collection of data on the genome of a small sample of Neandertal subjects...

    The studie's conclusions are based on a minimal and narrow sampling of mtDNA from 5 subjects that have been "fossilized". 1 is from 100,000 years ago, 1 is from 29,000 ya and is a child and there are 3 others. Its not enough of a sample. Its highly probable that none of these subjects nor their lineage ever interbred with humans..... but there's no doubt that others did... if only very few of them.

    A very select few Neadertals would have been chosen by the Cromagnon for "romantic purposes". And it would be this select group that would have contributed genetics to the modern human genome. When this select group of Neandertals is found, their genetic sequencing will not be found to be as distant from the human genome as is thought.

    You will note that the first sentence of the conclusion to this study at www.talkorigins.org doesn't rule out human neandertal interbreeding....

    This is because of the minimal nature of their sampling and how they can't rule out the diversity of the neandertal genome and how a few select features of their genes have probably made it into our own.
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  21. Mar 21, 2006 #20
    You're welcome for the references to human subjects. :wink:

    Yes, the studies are slim but they're all we have so far. I prefer to go with what they suggest.
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