Ancient Skeleton Found Threatens to Overturn Theory of Human Evolution

Ancient skeletons discovered in Georgia threaten to overturn the theory of human evolution

For generations, scientists have believed Africa was the cradle of mankind.

Now a stunning archaeological discovery suggests our primitive ancestors left Africa to explore the world around 800,000 years earlier than was previously thought before returning to their home continent.

It was there - hundreds of thousands of years later - that they evolved into modern humans and embarked on a second mass migration, researchers say.
Astonishing discovery: Archaeologists have unearthed six ancient skeletons dating back 1.8 million years in the hills of Georgia

Astonishing discovery: Archaeologists have unearthed six ancient skeletons dating back 1.8 million years in the hills of Georgia

Archaeologists have unearthed six ancient skeletons dating back 1.8 million years in the hills of Georgia which threaten to overturn the theory of human evolution.

The Georgian bones - which include incredibly well preserved skulls and teeth - are the earliest humans ever found outside Africa.


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The remains belong to a race of short early humans with small primitive brains who walked and ran like modern people.

They were found alongside stone tools, animal remains and plants - suggesting that they hunted and butchered meat.

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Comment by Galen on September 9, 2009 at 9:00pm
Not sure how this would "overturn" the theory of evolution. Unlike religious "theories" new and previously unknown things aren't a threat to science. I think this is awesome news! More knowledge = GOOD!
Comment by Doug Reardon on September 9, 2009 at 9:33pm
Science adapts itself to the known facts, as more facts are uncovered, the field incorporates those facts in the most logical manner available. Change occurs, but there is always progress toward better understanding. Religions do not progress, they seek only evidence to support their position.
Comment by Gaytor on September 10, 2009 at 10:51am
It doesn't affect evolution, just the speed with which we began to migrate. It really isn't terribly surprising since Lucy was found 3.2 million years ago. Once we were bipedal, travelling became an option. So it took 1.4 million to make it from Ethiopia to Georgia and possibly they came back. Changes the story a bit, but not the evolutionary science. The biological differences may be interesting and worth noting though.
Often articles are up for peer review and a journalist will latch on to the story and run with it as established facts. I think that it's very interesting. I'm not a scientist. But stuff like this raises many questions and hearing solely from the person whom made the discovery doesn't answer those questions. Time will sort out how all of this fits. Fossils are difficult business. Possibly now that we know an age range to look in and direction of travel there will be more discoveries to bolster or negate some of these claims.
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on September 10, 2009 at 12:51pm
Again.. as I said in Johnny's discussion on the matter:
"How the fuck does finding a pre-man humanoid disprove evolution? "
Doesn't it sorta PROVE evolution... as in, there was something that wasn't quite human and it's now being studied by the guys in white coats!
Comment by Monika on September 10, 2009 at 12:57pm
The way I see it evolution took a detour, that's all. Denying evolution is denying life period.
Comment by Dave G on September 10, 2009 at 6:32pm
As Natalie and others have said, this has no effect on the theory of evolution at all, save perhaps to reinforce it. What it does effect is the rough outline that we've developed on what regions of the planet our ancestors traveled to, and when.


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