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Revised Dates [Mar. 22nd, 2013|09:55 am]
Tony Grist
Apparently the universe is 50 million years older than we thought it was.

Also- according to the latest research- the Neanderthals died out 15,000 years earlier than we'd been thinking. A cache of bones found in Spain that we'd been radio-carbon dating to 34,000 BC- and interpreting as the remains of a late-surviving colony- were contaminated with modern carbon- and new tests (which can filter out the contamination) have given us the new- more distant- dates.* Bother! If this finding holds it means the Neanderthals were long gone by the time our ancestors reached Europe- and a lot of once plausible fictions about the two groups meeting have been demoted into unhistorical fantasies- Boneland and Clan of the Cave Bear among them. On a positive note it means we no longer have to feel bad about wiping them out. Whatever killed them it wasn't us.

*This information comes from World Archaeology #58 which is reporting on an article recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2013-03-22 11:06 am (UTC)
It was their bigger eyes that did for them!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-03-22 11:17 am (UTC)
Hmmmmm.......

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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2013-03-22 11:50 am (UTC)
That's the theory of the month!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-03-22 12:19 pm (UTC)
I love it when theories of the month go "splat"- as they usually do.
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[User Picture]From: cluegirl
2013-03-22 12:56 pm (UTC)
That makes it difficult to account for the genetic presence of Neanderthal in at least 4 per cent of humans alive today though. Jus' sayin...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-03-22 01:17 pm (UTC)
This is something the scientists will have to thrash out. It's all good! :)
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[User Picture]From: veronikos
2013-03-22 02:42 pm (UTC)
I thought it was that *all* of us had 3-4% neanderthal DNA.

Edited at 2013-03-22 02:42 pm (UTC)
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