posted on Aug, 13 2010 @ 03:56 AM
Well said benjoepen.
What's the timeline for your prologue?
In the case Homo Floresiensis, it took evolutionary science approximately 6 years to break down the resistance from institutional science, who
discarded the idea of a new species of man up until a cladistic analysis made in 2009, (but of course a small group of die hards still resist and
declare Homo Floresiensis as nothing but pathological illness).
The difference in the two cases is that with Homo Floresiensis, we have nine skeletons of different individuals, and therefore more options in
our scientific approach, rather than the 2/3 of a skull in the case of the Starchild.
Another problem is that the Starchild's front man is Lloyd Pye, classified as a New Age nut by the scientific community.
It doesn't really matter if PeeWee Herman says JFK was assassinated by a conspiracy, what is needed is a very distinguished operative within the
ruling elite, an ex-President (or why not a President in office) or similar to say it, in order for it to tip the scale.
In early 2010, a bomb was dropped on the scientific community of evolutionary genetics. A group of Russian scientists had extracted hominid fossils
from a Siberan cave, carbon dating showed the fossils to be between 38 000 to 40 000 years old. A finger bone was sent off to Germany, to be tested
for DNA by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. When the Max Planck geneticists Svante Pääbo, Johannes Krause and
their colleagues sequenced the DNA extracted from the fossil's mitochondria, they were astonished to find that its DNA did not resemble either that
of the modern human or the Neanderthals. Pääbo therefore drew the conclusion that a whole new species of humans had walked the earth approximately
40 000 years ago, thus co-existing with Homo Sapiens Sapiens and Homo Neanderthalensis.
The reaction within the scientific community and press was more or less "Wow, we have a whole new species!", without the academic pie-throwing and
confusion that generally follows radical new theories that threatens old ones.
The reason they could pull it off was Svante Pääbo. Pääbo is without question one of the top experts on Homo Neanderthalensis today. He's the
director of the Department of Genetics at the Max Planck Institute, which is one of the most renowned institutes in its domain. His father received
the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine (pedigree is important in the scientific world), Pääbo is dynamic and behind several major breakthroughs
in our understanding of the Neanderthals, so whenever he expresses himself, the popular science press generally picks it up. That gives him an
advantage over other scientists who generally only publishes in peer to peer reviews.
Had an unknown Russian scientist announced the discovery, and had Pääbo declared himself sceptic to the initial results, then perhaps we would have
to add another 10 years before reaching the conclusions Pääbo forced through straight away.
Some time ago, adventurer and TV-show host Joshua Gates took off to Bhutan to chase down the Yeti. He came back home without the Yeti, but brought a
tuft of hair he found while tracking the elusive creature. Gates sent the hairs to a forensics lab in Texas to be examined by Dr. Melba Ketchum. She
ran DNA tests and checked the findings against a DNA database. The hairs seems to score high on the Human panels, but was not human. Dr. Ketchum
concluded that the hairs recovered from Bhutan were from a primate, but an unknown primate.
The story then died and is basically just kept alive in various bigfoot forums.
Too bad Svante Pääbo wasn't in on it, wouldn't you say? At least we would know the truth a lot quicker,
I admire the persistence and integrity of Lloyd Pye, but he needs to cut out on the secrecy and share the skull with someone who has enough weight to
make a difference.
It's also imperative that archaeologists and anthropologists check the area where the Starchild skeleton was found, in order to find corroborative
indications or evidence. Imagine if a second skeleton with similar characteristics were found, or some type of recorded testimony to the supposed
And by the way, the tooth from the skull that was studied showed that the individual was an adult, so isn't it time we stop calling it the
[edit on 13-8-2010 by Heliocentric]