Scientists of Novosibirsk state University (NSU) and the Institute of archaeology and Ethnography of the Siberian branch of the RAS during the archeological excavations found in Scary cave (Altai territory), the human remains relating to the period 35-50 thousand years ago.
Anthropologists believe that the discovery will help to shed light on the interaction of modern humans, the Neanderthal and Denisova on the territory of Altai.
Previously in sediments of this age are found only stone tools, analyzing them, one could only make assumptions about the companions of the cave. Found bone remains have yet to explore in the laboratory. These findings can both confirm existing theories of the origin of humans and to force scientists to adjust them.
About the first results of the expedition in the press release, NSU said Andrey Krivoshapkin, doctor of historical Sciences, head of chair of archeology and Ethnography of humanitarian faculty of NSU.
“This year has been good for archaeologists, said Krivoshapkin. — In the course of excavations in the Pleistocene layers of the cave of Terrible managed to find new anthropological materials. In the layers related to the age of 35-40 thousand years ago, was discovered a fragment of a nail phalanx of a person, below is a fragment of the skull, below the rib fragment, presumably, tangerinedream man, but it remains to be seen in laboratory tests. The last two findings may be at least 50 thousand years.” Continue reading
Museum of Peking man, or the Anthropological Museum in Zhoukoudian, near Beijing. in the village of Zhoukoudian. In this place was made one of the most important discoveries in anthropology. Here in 1921, were found the remains of prehistoric man, which then became known worldwide as Peking man (Sinanthropus pekinensis). This discovery became a worldwide sensation. Were first found in the remains of a prehistoric humanoid creatures not only in China but also throughout Asia. Peking man is considered by some as the “missing link” between APE and man. From 1923 to 1927 during the excavations were found several fragments of the skeleton of Peking man.
Peking man refers to a broad class of Homo erectus. It is believed that Peking man existed around the same period, the development of the first men, and People from the island of Java, was found in 1891 and known as Pithecanthropus and Australopithecus, was found in 1924 near the town of Kimberley in South Africa.
When they found the remains of a Man from the island of Java, the scientific community was initially configured quite skeptical. As for Peking man, scientists immediately recognized initially annotator scientific discoveries. Excavations from 1923 to 1927, during which were found the teeth, jaw and skull fragments of Peking man, only increased the confidence of scientists. During the second stage of the excavation, which was chaired by Chinese paleontologist Jan Junciana, also known in the Western world as Dr. C. C. Yang, was found more than 200 fragments of ancient human remains including 6 nearly completely preserved of the skull base. It was determined later that these remains belonged to more than 40 members of prehistoric human society. The second phase of excavations was carried out from 1928 to 1937 and was interrupted by the invasion of Japanese troops. Continue reading
Amazing discovery made by European paleontologists in South America. On the territory of Uruguay they found slonomysh – the unusual remains of an ancient rodent, which weighed about a ton and used his front teeth in about the same manner as elephants, according to a paper published in the Journal of Anatomy.
“We came to the conclusion that this animal used not only the incisors for biting and cutting food, but also for digging the soil and protection from predators. This is very similar to how elephants use their tusks,” says one of the authors of the opening, Philip Cox (Philip Cox) from the University of York (UK).
As noted by Cox and his colleagues, the remains of the ancient loomisi were discovered in 2008, Uruguayan paleontologists, however, until recently, no one gave importance, RIA Novosti reports .
When British scientists saw these fossils, they were drawn to the unusually large size of the animal, its powerful jaws and teeth. The authors took the skull to his laboratory and attempted to estimate the bite force of an ancient rodent, calculated his age and tried to evaluate the environmental niche in which he lived.
According to the calculations of paleontologists, this mammal, named Josephoartigasia monesi, was the champion Itin several categories.
First, it is the largest rodent in the history of the Earth — it weighs almost a thousand pounds, and its dimensions are this slonomysh resembled that of a Buffalo or other large hoofed animal. Continue reading