posted on Jul, 25 2010 @ 05:25 PM
Apparently, the advent of cultural behaviour in Humans can be put back 30,000 years from the date you quoted, Gorman. The 50,000 year mark was in
light of available evidence, as it should be, but more evidence comes to light all the time. I heard about this a few years ago:
According to a Science News article that came to N'Kele's attention, ancient bone tools dating back 80,000 years have been found that may have
come from a stone-age fishing camp where early humans speared spawning giant catfish on the banks of a lake between Congo and Uganda.
Alison Brooks, archaeologist at George Washington University said the implements show tool making skills that, until now, have been credited only to
Europeans who lived thousands of years later.
Steve Kuhn, a specialist in Ancient tools at the University of Arizona said the African implements came from "much earlier than any of us expected.
It makes us rethink some ideas" about how early technology developed...
Another article that mentions the discovery is here:
About 60,000 BP the earliest immigrants to Australia carved and
painted designs on rocks. Painting and decoration flourished, along
with stone and ivory sculpture, from 35,000 BP in Europe, where more
than 200 caves show remarkable examples of naturalistic wall
painting. A variety of musical instruments, including bone flutes with
precisely bored holes, have been found in sites dated to 40,000-
Here is a very interesting article that paints a more accurate picture of the doubt surrounding our "knowledge" of early Human behaviour than Gorman
After 200,000 BCE regional specialization of tools appears for the first time, again in Africa. Regional specialization describes the move from
the production of generic, all-purpose tools, to tose designed for more specific tasks, such as trapping animals specific to a particular environment.
These innovations were the work of Homo sapiens and/or Homo sapiens sapiens. Both groups were skilled and versatile enough to begin to move into
environmentally more difficult territories, from temperate Europe and Asia to tropical rain forest Africa. To do this they adapted their existing
tool kits--employing new materials and devising distinctive styles, some of which we even recognize as artistic qualities as well as functional ones.
The status of Homo sapiens, the species known as 'Rhodesiensis' in Africa and 'Neanderthal' in Europe, whose members had physical
characteristics very close to those of modern humans, is currently under debate. It is not known how populations of Homo sapiens and Homo sapiens
sapiens related to each other, or why Homo sapiens disappeared. What is known is that all living humans belong to one species, Homo sapiens
So, its far from certain when we developed recognisable cultural practices, and it is very hard to defend the position that prior to 50k years ago we
were significantly less mentally developed than we are now. There may have been jumps and leaps in our mental capacity, but it is not as if a switch
were flicked. It would have been a more gradual progression than has been stated in this thread.
Having said that, the basis for believing these ruins to be 200,000 years old is frankly laughable. For what reason was it decided that Orion was the
constellation these standing stones were set up to observe? Because there are three stones standing together? What utter tosh. There is reaching, and
then there is reeeeeeeeeeeeeeaching.