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the idea of "land bridges" between cultures which subsequently melted (if they were of ice) or are now submerged (if not made of ice). I'm just having trouble picturing a bridge between Iraq and Iceland that doesn't somehow cross Europe or the United Kingdom in any way, shape, or form.
Older banyan trees are characterized by their aerial prop roots that grow into thick woody trunks which, with age, can become indistinguishable from the main trunk. The original support tree can sometimes die, so that the banyan becomes a "columnar tree" with a hollow central core. Old trees can spread out laterally using these prop roots to cover a wide area.
Aerial roots are short roots above the ground. They are almost always adventitious.
Over time, the roots coalesce to form a pseudotrunk, which may give the appearance that it is strangling the host. Another strangler that begins life as an epiphyte is the Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla) of tropical and subtropical eastern Australia, which has powerfully descending aerial roots.
In the subtropical to warm-temperate rainforests of northern New Zealand, Metrosideros robusta, the rātā tree, sends down aerial roots down several sides of the trunk of the host. From these descending roots, horizontal roots grow out to girdle the trunk and fuse with the descending roots. In some cases the "strangler" outlives the host tree, leaving as its only trace a hollow core in the massive pseudotrunk
They're all interesting theories, and I've weighed and considered each, but have so far found evidence which demonstrates their lack of explaining the topic.
What evidence did you find?
Atavisms can occur in several ways. One way is when genes for previously existing phenotypical features are preserved in DNA, and these become expressed through a mutation that either knock out the overriding genes for the new traits or make the old traits override the new one.
A phenotype (from Greek phainein, 'to show' + typos, 'type') is the composite of an organism's observable characteristics or traits, such as its morphology, development, biochemical or physiological properties, phenology, behavior, and products of behaviour
All life on Earth is descended from a last universal ancestor that lived approximately 3.8 billion years ago. Repeated speciation and the divergence of life can be inferred from shared sets of biochemical and morphological traits, or by shared DNA sequences. These homologous traits and sequences are more similar among species that share a more recent common ancestor, and can be used to reconstruct evolutionary histories
The last universal ancestor (LUA), also called the last universal common ancestor (LUCA), or the cenancestor, is the most recent organism from which all organisms now living on Earth descend.
Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a ubiquitous family of large biological molecules that perform multiple vital roles in the coding, decoding, regulation, and expression of genes. Together with DNA, RNA comprises the nucleic acids, which, along with proteins, constitute the three major macromolecules essential for all known forms of life.
Originally posted by Wandering Scribe
reply to post by 8eightup
The harvest-god is an accepted archetype of agrarian culture. The overlaps between Ninurta and Thor extend to something far beyond simply being harvest-gods though. Their actual myths, the story of their lives, is paralleled in only their two cultures.
Osiris, the harvest-god of Egypt, never entered combat with the demon-serpent. Cronus, the Greco-Roman harvest-god, never received a sacred weapon from divine sources, which he used to protect the farmers of Greece. Neither of them became the center of a hero-cult among the common folk. Ninurta and Thor both fulfill all three of those elements (and many more).
I'm in no way disputing archetypes, I'm quite familiar with them: the storm-god as King of the Gods, the dying-and-rising god as a vegetation deity, the Queen of Heaven as a goddess of war, all of those are existent archetypes present across the whole ancient world.
Ninurta and Thor are another undiscovered archetype: the savior-god as the center of a hero cult. It does not exist in Greece, the Celtic world, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, or the smaller groups (Hittite, Hurrian, Phrygian, Etruscan, etc) that existed spatially (across distance) or temporally (across time) between the Sumerians and the Norse.
It's not because of the agrarian culture that this god was called the god of harvest. It is merely symbolic of something sinister in nature. It is symbolic of the harvest of souls.
If you look at the pitchfork which the devil holds, this tool is actually an agricultural tool. Ninurta also holds a similar agricultural tool as well.
I usually skip the tales mainly because it serves as a distraction of what the truth is.
If you look closely, Ninurta, Thor, Saturnus,Quetzalcoatl, Baal, Shiva, etc. are all hermaphrodite. In other words, it is the same deity, whether male or female. Ishtar, Venus, Isis and the likes whom we recognized to be female, are actually hermaphrodite, the female side of Ninurta, Thor, etc.