BREAKING NEWS: Oldest Engraving Rewrites View of Human History


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Anthropologists on Wednesday said they had found the earliest engraving in human history on a fossilized mollusk shell some 500,000 years old, unearthed in colonial-era Indonesia.

When there is a collection of people, it becomes a tribe – a tribe becomes a community. When there is a…

Anthropologists on Wednesday said they had found the earliest engraving in human history on a fossilized mollusk shell some 500,000 years old, unearthed in colonial-era Indonesia.

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When there is a collection of people, it becomes a tribe – a tribe becomes a community. When there is a community, there is communication. When there are two or several tribes, there will be communication between them. If they are not killing each other, they are sharing information.

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When this information is passed down over thousands of years, the connection of short and long-term cycles is born. I would suggest modern science is simply confirming what our ancient ancestors have already told us through various forms such as petroglyphs, hieroglyphs, sanskrit, Mayan Calendar, Bible, Torah, and Dead Sea Scrolls just to name the most known.

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Reporting in the science journal Nature, a team led by Josephine Joordens at Leiden University in the Netherlands, harnessed 21st-century technology to take a new look at the Trinil shells, now housed in a local collection.

The zigzag scratching, together with evidence that these shells were used as a tool, should prompt a rethink about the mysterious early human called Homo erectus.

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The discovery comes through new scrutiny of 166 freshwater mussel shells found at Trinil, on the banks of the Bengawan Solo River in East Java, where one of the most sensational finds in fossil hunting was made.

It was here in 1891 that an adventurous Dutch paleontologist, Eugene Dubois, found “Java Man.”

With a couple of army sergeants and convict labor to do the digging, Dubois excavated part of a heavy-browed skull, a tooth and a thighbone.

He interpreted these as being the remains of a gibbon-like hominid that was the long-sought “missing link” between apes and humans.

Dubois’ claim excited fierce controversy, as well as jokey images of our distant ancestors as slack-jawed primates with dragging knuckles.

Paleontologists eventually categorized the find as a Homo erectus, or “upright human” – a hominid that according to sketchy and hugely debated fossil evidence lived from around 1.9 million years ago to about 150,000 years ago.

Carbon dating of sediment found in the shells put their age at between 430,000 and 540,000 years ago.

A third of the shells were also found to have a curious hole at the base of one of the bivalve’s muscles.

Sharp-toothed animals such as otters, rats or monkeys may have bitten into it to get at the flesh – but a likelier source, said the experts, is H. erectus, which tucked into the shells for food.

The team carried out experiments on living mussels of the same mollusk family, Pseudodon, piercing the shell at the same location with a pointed object.

As soon as the shell was broached, the muscle was damaged by the tool tip and the mollusk could be easily opened without breakage.

The scientists then deployed a scanning electron microscope to get a closer look at the shells.

One of them was found to have a polished and smooth edge, suggesting it may have been used as a tool to cut or scrape.

Another had a zigzag set of grooves incised into it, by a sharp implement such as a shark’s tooth.

The marks are at least 300,000 years older than the earliest previously known, indisputable engravings.

“The simple zigzag on the shell is the earliest engraving known thus far in the history of humankind,” Joordens’ colleague, Wil Roebroeks, told AFP in an email.

“But: we have no clue why somebody made it half a million years ago, and we explicitly refrain from speculating on it” in terms of art or symbolism, he said.

Francesco d’Errico of Bordeaux University in southwestern France said the engraving was “the oldest known graphic expression.”

“The behavior is deliberate. The individual had the desire to make a zigzag pattern in a single go,” he said.

However, d’Errico cautioned, “We don’t know why he did it. It may have been a mark of ownership, a personal code, a gift.”

Geometric marks are considered to be a sign of cognitive behavior and neuromotor skills that – until now – have been overwhelmingly attributed to modern man, Homo sapiens.

Put together, the new evidence delivers a blow to the stereotype of H. erectus as lumbering, heavy-handed and stupid.

He was smart enough to feed himself efficiently from mussels, dexterous enough to use slim, smooth shells as tools and brainy enough to engrave an abstract pattern on one of them.

A “richer” image of this enigmatic hominid results, Roebroeks said.

“We knew that H. erectus made nice hand axes etcetera,” he said.

“Now we have this evidence for sophisticated opening of shells and a small zigzag, it might create a more subtle picture.”

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Mitch Battros is a scientific journalist who is highly respected in both the scientific and spiritual communities due to his unique ability to bridge the gap between modern science and ancient text. Founded in 1995 – Earth Changes TV was born with Battros as its creator and chief editor for his syndicated television show. In 2003, he switched to a weekly radio show as Earth Changes Media. ECM quickly found its way in becoming a top source for news and discoveries in the scientific fields of astrophysics, space weather, earth science, and ancient text. Seeing the need to venture beyond the Sun-Earth connection, in 2016 Battros advanced his studies which incorporates our galaxy Milky Way - and its seemingly rhythmic cycles directly connected to our Solar System, Sun, and Earth driven by the source of charged particles such as galactic cosmic rays, gamma rays, and solar rays. Now, "Science Of Cycles" is the vehicle which brings the latest cutting-edge discoveries confirming his published Equation.
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