Pushing Back Timelines
Our story, our collective story as human beings, is so impossibly old that our minds can’t comprehend it, and that timeline keeps getting pushed further and further back into the dim past. Recent evidence proves people were in the Americas—in Texas, to be more specific— and fashioning stone tools over 20,000 years ago—which is double the length of time that scientists used to think humans had been in the New World, period. Nor is it likely that this discovery marks the oldest human habitation in the Americas. There are probably older sites, thus far undiscovered, that are considerably older. And that isn’t taking into consideration the Monte Verde site in Chile, which might date to 30,000 years ago, the Topper site in South Carolina, which *might* date back 50,000 years. Ancient stone tools discovered at Pedra Furada might be the work of primitive humans, or they might have been fashioned by monkeys! And on top of all this, there’s the possibility of Neanderthals in California!
Half a world away, the earliest evidence of human beings, or human ancestor species, outside of Africa has been found. Stone tools unearthed in China date back 2.12 million years, proving that proto-humans of some stripe left Africa 10,000 generations earlier than scientists had previously believed. Nor do the experts know which human relative made the tools. It could have been HOMO ERECTUS or an even more primitive human forbear.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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