Just How Old Are We? An Explanation of Mayan Wisdom
The most widely accepted and recent scientific research indicates humans have been walking this Earth, as a family and community for over 160,000 years. Further studies from Rutgers University show that some of the earliest humans walked like us and did so on anatomically modern feet 1.5 million years ago.
Is it possible ancient tribes traveled from what is now the African continent from place such as Ethiopia and Egypt, to the now continent of North, Central and South America? Is it possible our ancient ancestors such as the Egyptians and Mayans shared or gathered astronomical knowledge?
According to the ‘New World Migration’ model regarding humans travel from Africa to America, the answer is—Yes. This accepted science based peer-reviewed model shows migration of humans from Eurasia to the Americas took place via Beringia, a land bridge which connected the two continents across what is now known as Russia-Siberia and Alaska. The most recent point at which this migration had taken place is between 12,000-16,000 years ago.
However, I would suggest it goes far beyond that. Perhaps ancient human tribes such as the Aksumite, Sumerians, Babylonians, and Egyptians, did in fact travel to the Americas integrating with ancient Mayans, Hopis, and several other indigenous American tribes. Perhaps it was not 16,000 years ago, but 160,000 years ago or perhaps more.
The fossilized skulls of two adults and one child discovered in the Afar region of eastern Ethiopia have been dated at 160,000 years, making them the oldest known fossils of modern humans, or Homo sapiens.
The skulls, dug up near a village called Herto, fill a major gap in the human fossil record, an era at the dawn of modern humans when the facial features and brain cases we recognize today as human first appeared. The fossils date precisely from the time when biologists using genes to chart human evolution predicted that a genetic “Eve” lived somewhere in Africa and gave rise to all modern humans.
“We’ve lacked intermediate fossils between pre-humans and modern humans, between 100,000 and 300,000 years ago, and that’s where the Herto fossils fit,” said paleoanthropologist Tim White, professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and a co-leader of the team that excavated and analyzed the discovery site. “Now, the fossil record meshes with the molecular evidence.”
What anthropologists and archeologists describe as Paleo-Indians, soon spread throughout the Americas, diversifying into many hundreds of culturally distinct nations and tribes. According to the oral histories of many of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, they have been living there since their genesis, described by a wide range of traditional creation accounts.
The geography of the world changed dramatically during the time when animals and plants were evolving. The major continental land masses were initially fused together into one giant continent named Pangaea during the Paleozoic era.
In the Mesozoic, Pangaea gradually broke up into the present-day continents, which have been moving apart from each other, by continental drift, ever since. This idea of continental drift was first based on the remarkably close fit between the coastlines of major continents, most notably the west coast of Africa with the east coast of South America.
Scientific evidence supported by geological measurements, show that the continents on either side of the Atlantic Ocean are still moving apart from one another, at the rate of several centimeters per year. Continental drift was actually a little more complicated, with the North American plate drifting around in the Pacific Ocean for quite a long time. A large chunk of the North American plate was recently found in Argentina which was left there after the two continents bumped into each other then moved apart.
The separation of the great land mass into different continents allowed biological evolution to take quite different paths in different parts of the world. The formation of oceanic islands, often by volcanic activity, produced more isolated areas where evolution could experiment with different forms. Breakdown of this isolation, either by geological changes or by transport of organisms between the isolated areas, has often led to extinction of the endemic forms, and so loss of diversity.
During the Cenozoic era, there was a gradual lowering of temperatures as well as the gradual establishment of different climatic zones of the earth -the tropics, the temperate zones and the cool climates of the higher latitudes. The culmination of the cooling trend was the Pleistocene epoch, or Great Ice Age, of the last 1.8 million years. During this time, vast expanses of North America and Eurasia were periodically covered with enormous continental glaciers. These glaciers advanced during the four ice ages (glacial periods) and retreated during the three inter-glacials.
We are now living in the fourth interglacial stage. During the glacial periods, the sea level became much lower because so much water was converted to ice. Consequently, land bridges, especially the Bering land bridge across the Bering Sea joining Asia with North America, became available for animal migrations.
Is it really such a leap to understand humans have been tracking the world for millenniums? Furthermore, is it such a stretch that knowledge of the heavens was shared over tens of thousands of years? Could it be that the Mayans just happened to be the latest of ancient tribes who happened to document data was gathered from literally the ‘world’s tribes’?