Well, Kiwi, you did it yet again!! Nice work my man!!
This time Byrd beat me to it, so I will answer those posts I feel a bit "strongly" about, either for or against
Early ET influence on humans is GIVEN?? Given by whom?
If you look at the drawings in the picture tyranny22 posted, they look like a "study" themselves (3 cattle heads - btw, i have not seen this kind of
horns, what is that? - 3 horse heads, 3 rhinos - although one is facing the other way). Could it be that someone was trying to learn how to draw these
things by copying an existing design? Or, the original artist was trying to "perfect" his technique?
We can entertain any thought but to insist on something we need some backing. Is there any on ETs visiting us and supposedly teaching us all that we
poor, stupid humans couldn't work out for ourselves?
I agree with you that the human language is tens of thousands years old, in fact it may be even hundreds of thousands years old. We are not discussing
LANGUAGE here though, we discuss the possibility that WRITING is older than we thought so far.
I have to say that our distant ancestors were NOT as smart as we are, they were smarter - they had to be! Take the average 21st century human and
compare with the average 30,000 years ago human. Can any of us survive in a hostile environment, without the technology we are so depended upon? Back
then, humans had to be more inventive, more adaptable and, simply put, more tough to just survive. Nowadays we employ technology and its perks to
manipulate the environment around us, back then the environment called the shots and humans had to cope. Don't confuse technological advancement with
intelligence, to employ technology is to rely on the work of many others, to solve problems by yourself and cope with a mostly hostile world by your
wits (unfortunately we cannot claim, as a species, many special physical "strengths" except our intelligence and adaptability) is intelligence.
Ancient man was NOT stupid, he was just technologically challenged (as we perceive technology now).
Good "mark" on these signs not being an alphabet, for that to hold any water they need to be repeated more often and in larger groups - if not all
of them together in some kind of arrangement (words of some sort). As signs that carry some meaning though we cannot deny that these marks may carry
the "seeds" of writing, combined with the artwork.
On the "safe havens" hypothesis, indeed a very plausible idea. Maybe it was done again, much more recently, in navigation maps ("Here there be
monsters", perhaps the cave walls conferred the message 'here there be horses and cows
). Maybe Aeons is on to something
If the dating method used was to carbon date bones or any man made tool found near the drawings then there is room for debate, the drawings could be
older or newer than their "mobile" surroundings. Is there a "concrete" method to date the drawings themselves?