Prehistoric Skull a Key ‘Piece of the Puzzle’ in Story of Humanity

Will Dunham, Reuters, January 28, 2015

A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals.

Scientists said on Wednesday the upper part of the skull, the domed portion without the face or jaws, was unearthed in Manot Cave in Israel’s Western Galilee. Scientific dating techniques determined the skull was about 55,000 years old.

The researchers said characteristics of the skull, dating from a time period when members of our species were thought to have been marching out of Africa, suggest the individual was closely related to the first Homo sapiens populations that later colonized Europe.

They also said the skull provides the first evidence that Homo sapiens inhabited that region at the same time as Neanderthals, our closest extinct human relative.

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Previous genetic evidence suggests our species and Neanderthals interbred during roughly the time period represented by the skull, with all people of Eurasian ancestry still retaining a small amount of Neanderthal DNA as a result.

“It is the first direct fossil evidence that modern humans and Neanderthals inhabited the same area at the same time,” said paleontologist Bruce Latimer of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, another of the researchers.

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  • David Ashton

    We need the rest of the skull.

    The spin will be that this proves “we” are all “Africans”.

    • “The spin”

      Don’t you mean “skullduggery?”

      Sorry, I had to. A slow meatball over the heart of the plate.

      • Reverend Bacon

        Maybe, but you crushed it.

  • dd121

    If we’re “evolved” from black Africans, where does that leave the current Africans. Unevolved.

    • Rhialto

      Modern Africans are descended from primitive Africans with a mixture of Caucasians.

      • Dwight

        No, if anything they are the “missing link” directly evolved from apes and some ten thousand years behind Europeans on the evolution scale.

        • Rhialto

          You do not understand evolution. Blacks are not 10,000 years behind (or ahead) of Caucasians: the two groups adapted to different environments. The primitive Africans who remained in Africa evolved to achieve greater fitness in Africa. The primitive Africans who entered Europe and Asia adapted to these environments. For example, their brains expanded and their penises shrunk.

          • ElComadreja

            I guess an average IQ of 80 or less was advantageous to being an African.

          • Rhialto

            True, the brain is expensive to maintain. Since African conditions require less brain power for hominid success, Africans are at a disadvantage with a European size brain. Also since women do most of the child rearing, an African males genetic success is very strongly correlated to his sexual capacities. This was not the case in Europe or Asia.

          • David Ashton

            Greater head size causes more pain in childbirth if there is no corresponding development of the uterus.

          • ShermanTMcCoy

            So the coal-burners have an easier time of it when downloading a halfro?

          • David Ashton

            I have been told that African mothers find childbirth less painful than European mothers, but have not bothered to check it up.

    • Reverend Bacon

      Just evolved differently. For example, the harsh winters in Europe made us have to figure out how to build stuff- shelters first, but then we got good at building, and engineering. The climate in Africa let them evolve to just hunt and try to not become the hunted. I’ve heard that they still hadn’t discovered the simple machines (wheel, pulley, lever, inclined plane) until the last millennium. That may not be true, but it may not be far off.

      • dd121

        You’re absolutely right. We’re evolved due to our northern circumstances. We therefore have the high IQs and creativity. They’re primitive and inferior in every way that counts.
        Wish they’d go back to where they’re comfortable.

        • bilderbuster

          They aren’t going back on their own.

          • dd121

            I’d be willing to sign a petition to move it along. Or something with a little more force behind it.

          • Speedy Steve

            YT is working on a teleporter as we blog!

      • bilderbuster

        If a European didn’t make plans for the Winter he wouldn’t live to see Spring.
        Beaver dams from a million years ago were much more complex than the mud and broken stick huts modern Africans are known for.

    • wildfirexx

      Yes…I do believe we were the last step in human evolution, but no one wants to admit it. by interbreeding with other races we are taking a step back in evolution.

      • HJ11

        We are the next step in human evolution. The next great step for us is to become a completely different species that cannot bear children with non-Whites. This is the way up and some of us are heading that way.

        For example, White skulls are getting longer. Why? Because it allows more brain mass but at the same time doesn’t give us wider skulls. And, why shouldn’t we have wider skulls? The birth canal of White women is not evolving to be wider to allow safe births of wider skulled babies.

        There is a “logic” in evolution.

  • Guest

    One wonders what the MSM may have to resort to if stories like this continue to push back the Established Time-Frame™ for the Human Exodus from Africa™. Anyone remember the story of the 800 thousand year old footprints in England they found last year? Maybe it’s time for the anthropologists to question that dogmatic belief that we all evolved

    • David Ashton

      Well, Adam and Eve were supposed to be created around 4000 BC, not 800,000 years ago.

      • BillMiller66

        Ah yes, Adam and Eve and the talking snake….

        • Kenner

          Kukla, Fran and Ollie.

          • bilderbuster

            Amos and Andy.

          • David Ashton

            Adam and Steve, according to the First Church of Jesus Gay.

          • bilderbuster

            But their offspring was a malodorous stillborn.

        • David Ashton

          And the Creator walking in the garden shade because of the heat.

        • Luca

          and the magic apple

      • Dwight

        There is much debate on that even among Christians. Astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross thinks the creation event was much older.

      • Lygeia

        And in 4,000 BC, Adam and Eve rode to church on the backs of dinosaurs, or say some fundies.

        • LexiconD1

          People like , The Duggars of 19 Kids & Counting, think the world is only 6,000 years old, humans and dinosaurs coexisted together, and the entire population of the planet can fit into Jacksonville, Florida…comfortably.

          Have you ever heard of a “Creation Museum?” Good grief these people are morons. Anyone wanting a good laugh, I, HIGHLY, recommend Google…

          • HJ11

            All praise for the Duggars. They have it wrong about evolution, but by having so many White children they are doing what all Whites should be doing.

          • LexiconD1

            Nice they have some many kids, but they made those kids nothing more than entitled, thoughtless, uneducated, scare of everything, that, frankly, they are worthless.

          • Speedy Steve

            You are wrong, sir. I have met a couple of them as they campaigned, and we discussed home-schooling. They are more learned than any high school teacher I know. They are familiar with the Plays of Euripides.

          • LexiconD1

            Hahahahahahahhaha, Only two out of the seven or eight who are done with their ‘educations’ (they stop ‘homeschooling, if you can call it that, at 16) have a GED, not one of them is in an accredited college, or anything else. College plus is not college, and most colleges do not accept the CLEP credits you pay for from that program.

            They are not ‘educated’ at all.

            I am not a ‘sir’.

          • Speedy Steve

            The entire population of Earth can fit into Texas at the density of San Francisco. It can fit into Yugoslavia with the density of Manhattan. Judith Reisman wrote a book on the subject.

          • It could, in terms of space. But there are considerations other than space, a lot of considerations.

          • Luca

            Not really. They might physically fit, but it could never happen from a practical standpoint. It would be a round-the-clock effort just to ship the waste out and the supplies in. Like too many rats in a cage, when the population density reaches a certain point the anarchy implosion begins.

          • WhiteGuyInJapan

            That sounds unpleasant to me. I like some space or at least access to space. It is nice to go hiking without thousands of other people in my way. Even in Japan, it is possible to get away from the crowds.

          • LexiconD1

            Comfortably? So, how do they eat? Is there enough water? Are you standing shoulder to shoulder?

            There is more to it that where they ‘fit’.

          • So?

            I’m more concerned about for every Duggar family with 19 white children, there are more than 19 white pair bondings without children.

            If I haven’t eaten in a week and someone gives me bread, I’m not going to whine about how the bread is stale.

          • LexiconD1

            You need to dig into these families a LOT deeper. A LOT deeper…

          • Good for nothing useless eaters. Is that it?

          • LexiconD1

            Sadly, yes…I wish they were raised better. They were raised to hate EVERYONE not exactly like them…and yes, that does include YOU and ME.

          • Speedy Steve

            But an African will complain that there’s no peanut butter.

    • Dwight

      The “exodus from Africa” is largely a myth. Somewhere in the Middle East (possibly Iraq) is thought to be the origin of homo sapiens. Given the primitive and ape-like characteristics of modern blacks, scientists naturally assumed we evolved in Africa where the most primitive humans still live. The American Journal of Physical Anthropology did a story on this in 2010 I believe.

      • David Ashton

        “Oh, but apes are people toooooo!”

    • Germanic Depressive

      I consider questioning evolution to be a very dangerous and counterproductive thing for race realists to be doing. Evolution is firmly established fact, and more importantly from this vantage point, it very strongly backs us up on what we’re trying to argue for and against. The only reason evolution isn’t seen as being firmly in our corner, is that the progs scare scientists away from the controversial conclusions and discoveries. They’re still happening though.

    • BlueSonicStreak

      Serious question though – if we DIDN’T walk out of Africa, what happens to the “genetic variation is greatest at the origin” theory? Isn’t the greatest human variation in East Africa?

  • Luca

    As we marched put of Africa, the further we got, the smarter we got. A simple theory really and the proof is in the pudding.

    • JohnEngelman

      Cold weather and civilization each breed a population for higher intelligence.

      • Luca

        I’m going with cold weather, agriculture and animal husbandry, which resulted in civilization,

      • Lygeia

        I don’t think I entirely believe this. I don’t really think that the climate can change us racially as some would like us to believe.

        • Luca

          It was not cold weather alone, It was actually a combination of colder weather, recognizing the passing of seasons, understanding how plants could be bred, planted, harvested and stored and that animals could be controlled by man and used as needed. These skills are in deep contrast to those used for hunting and gathering.

          Agriculture and animal husbandry were a pivotal phenomena similar to the Industrial Revolution. It was the catalyst for new inventions, new skills and new societies.

        • Fed Up

          It makes sense — that stimuli such as cold — make animal species find ways to keep warm. Animals seek shelter, humans learn to clothe themselves against cold, develop ways to use and make fire for warmth — a sign of developing intelligence.

      • Luca

        Not with eskimos.

        • JohnEngelman

          Eskimos have higher average IQ’s than American Indians.

          • Ludwig

            A Sub Saharan African wouldn’t last long in Eskimo territory.

          • Luca

            But, would you honestly place them in the ‘higher intelligence’ category? When I think of DNA populations with higher intelligence, I think Ashkenazi, European, and Northern Asian.

          • JohnEngelman

            The answer to your question is “No.”

            Cold weather is one of the factors that breed for higher intelligence. Civilization is the other. When the two work together, the results are good, as in Scandinavia, and Korea.

          • Luca

            Okay, but my point is that civilization does not spontaneously happen due to cold weather. Before “civilization” comes small farming and herding communities that create more food than they need to subsist on. They then indulge in planning, preserving, storing, trading and distribution of the harvested crops and meat. These practices lead to a need for expanded mathematics and a written language for keeping records of the amount of food stored or traded. Contrary to popular folklore, I believe logistics to be the world’s oldest profession.

            Any population that does not progress out of the hunter-gather mode does not create a civilization. Limited agriculture and herding created limited civilizations as found in the New World. Mayans, Incas, Toltecs and Aztecs created limited civilizations without cold climates. As they developed some agriculture they also developed mathematics, written language and calendars to further assist them with farming. However, the greater challenges of cold weather would have prompted them to come up with better and more innovations or they would have gone extinct.

      • Jon Robbins

        Where do eskimos fall in your theory?

        • Jon Robbins

          Never mind–I see the point is addressed below.

    • bilderbuster

      I’m not sure I buy that everyone had a common African ancestor scenario.
      Did all birds come out oh Africa?
      Did all fish come from the Atlantic ocean?

      • Luca

        Africa has a very good fossil record indicating that is the only place on earth where the evolution of primates took place. We are highly evolved primates.

        DNA science shows that all living humans share the same mitochondrial DNA from one ancestral African “Eve” dating back about 150,000 years ago.

        • bilderbuster

          I know all existing evidence points to that and I’ll go along with it.
          But…

          • BlueSonicStreak

            The alternative is what? That humans evolved twice? That blacks are really a separate species? Nasty jokes aside, the latter clearly isn’t true and the former is really far-fetched.

  • JohnEngelman

    This is the first fossil evidence that modern humans left Africa crossing the Sinai Peninsula. Until now it was believed that they may may have crossed the Straights of Gibraltar, or the Red Sea. Also, until now the first fossil evidence of modern humans out of Africa was in Australia.

    For years DNA evidence indicated that one hundred to several hundred modern humans left Africa about 60,000 years ago. Every one who is not 100 percent African Negro is descended from those one to several hundred modern humans.

    One hundred to several hundred modern humans sounds like a linguistic tribe. That was a group of several hunting bands who spoke the same language. A hunting band may have included 20 to 50 men, women, and children.

    The San Bushmen of southern Africa are the oldest existing race. These modern humans looked more like them than any other existing race.

    The idea that all whites, Asians, and Australian Aborigines are descended from a single linguistic tribe crossing the Sinai Peninsula like the Children of Israel led by Moses appeals to me.

    • Bossman

      It also makes sense on purely logical grounds. The idea of distinct and separate creations on different continents makes less sense.

    • Of course it appeals to you, but the possibility of humans traversing the Sinai desert does nothing to disprove the possibility of humans crossing the Straits of Gibraltar which, by the way, can be accomplished by swimming.

      • JohnEngelman

        Modern humans have not been found in Europe until about 35,000 years ago. If they crossed Gibraltar they would have left fossil remains there earlier.

        • So it was impossible to cross the Gibraltar Strait after 35K years ago? Nonsense, I did it just two years ago.

          • JohnEngelman

            There is not fossil evidence that Gibraltar was crossed.

          • Guest

            “Several cultural assemblages have been linked to the Neanderthals in Europe. The earliest, the Mousterian stone tool culture, dates to about 300,000 years ago.[8] Late Mousterian artifacts were found in Gorham’s Cave on the south-facing coast of Gibraltar.[9][10]”

          • JohnEngelman

            This article is about modern humans. Those appeared in Africa 100,000 years ago. A small number of them left Africa 60,000 years ago.

  • Most of the MSM accounts of this story are careful to use the phrase “Ancient Israeli Skull” as though the nation of Israel has been around for 55,000 years.

    Do they state that explicitly? Of course not, and they needn’t: plant the seed of legitimacy subtly and surreptitiously for maximum effect. That’s how propaganda works.

    Examples: See ABC News, AP, and the New York Times, “Ancient Israeli Skull May Document Migration From Africa”or The Week, “Ancient Israeli skull sheds new light on human evolution”

    • Reverend Bacon

      Wait until they tell us about “Ancient African-American Skulls.”

  • MartelsGhost

    Given the evidence about how many africans and Middle Easterners are rapists who will attack goats if no other viable options present themselves, I have this horrible feeling that a group of ostracized young males who didn’t have females local available traveled out of africa and ran smack dab into a group of Neanders. They africans waited until a female Neander was alone or they found a small enough group of Neanders to attack and then they slaughtered and raped as they are known to do. The birth of our new species was the result of typical African behavior.

    Current MIddle Easterners are the “missing link” between african apes and European Men.

    • Lygeia

      I don’t think so.

  • Bill Moore

    Hello,

    Nature magazine reported that DNA evidence shows that Caucasians originated in the Caucasus Mountains in Europe, then were driven south into Africa by the advancing ice sheets during the ice age.

    And that the Caucasian women had sex with Chimpanzees (probably raped by the Chimpanzees), and in some cases pregnancy resulted, and that was the birth of the Africans.

    When the ice retreated from Europe, the Caucasians returned to Europe.

    That report was in Nature magazine about ten years ago, but it didn’t seem to change the way people believe the “out of Africa” hoax.

    Bill Moore

    • wildfirexx

      If you can find this bizarre story you claim to be in the Nature magazine, …please post it on this site!

      • Bill Moore

        Hello,

        I’d love to, but I can’t find it. I printed it out when it was published.

        At the time, I thought it would soon be common knowledge, but that’s not the case.

        I might subscribe to Nature Magazine, just so I can get reprints of past articles.

        Thank you,
        Bill Moore

        • BlueSonicStreak

          I’ll check next week if there are back copies in my uni library. Any details you can remember about title or date of publication would help me find it if that’s a magazine the library collects.

          I’ll be honest, this article sounds ridiculous. There was probably nothing further about it because everyone realized it was goofy.

    • JohnEngelman

      I hope you are being sarcastic.

  • Germanic Depressive

    They even had white flight 55,000 years ago.

    • JohnEngelman

      Whites had not evolved yet. Our ancestors 55,000 years ago would not have been served in Southern Woolworth lunch counters 55 years ago. They looked more Negro than Nordic.

      • Germanic Depressive

        Well it was just an attempt at humor, but I for one would be very interested to see them in person.

        Perhaps we’d feel closer kinship with the Neanderthals of 200,000 years ago in what would become our homeland of Europe, than we would with the modern humans of 55,000 years ago. Because maybe they were getting ready to undergo many of the exact same changes Neanderthals already had (and with some help from their DNA too)

        It would be very interesting to be able to go back and look at them all.

        • ShermanTMcCoy

          I thought it was funny. Hell, I liked Bill Moore’s posting even, er, moore?

  • RationaliseThis

    The whole ‘Out of Africa’ myth has its roots in the mainstream academic campaign in the 1990’s to remove the concept of Race. They started spending almost all undergraduate teaching time in the ‘Out of Africa’ thing but after denying a Neanderthal Homo Sapiens link and saying that such a link was disproven. Now a Neanderthal link IS proven. Other gene flows may be found.

    Multi origin theory holds that mankind originated in multiple places with gene flow between them. There is impressive continuity of teeth in Asian humans and ancient humans for instance.

    John de Nugent has an interesting take on it.

    This is only a theory, even the way genetic clocks are calibrated is a theory. It seems one big self reinforcing system and it gets more attention than it deserves due to,the “we’re all out of Africa justification”.

    • Robert Smith

      Even almighty science has been tarnished with political correctness; tread carefully.

      • libertarian1234

        Yes, too many Western scientists no longer hold truth as sacred. They’ve substituted PC in its place and because of it I’m reluctant to believe anything they come out with without checking into it myself or accepting it, because it resonates with what I know already.

        The way the geeks in he scientific community treated Dr. Watson for telling the truth is shameful, and it has placed them on a level of PC propagandists who can’t be trusted to reveal any scientific data without a bias.

        It’s really disgusting, and I’m betting that Russian scientists have no problem with revealing data accurately and without a bias.

        And they refuse, generally, to go along with a lot of the PC nonsense promoted by the weenies in the West. They’re the hope of the white world so far, and I hope they stay that way.

        • FransSusan

          Very good point about Dr. Watson (The Bell Curve.) The way he was treated makes a significant point to me. It’s a good indication of the evil of political correctness and its perversion of facts and logic.

    • Ludwig

      Another archaic Human population known as the Denisovan Homonins was discovered in just the last few years. Some southeast Asian modern Human populations have 3-5% Denisovan genes. There may be many more archaic Human groups yet to be discovered that contributed genes to to modern Humans.

    • JohnEngelman

      Plenty of human evolution has happened during the past 55,000 years. The most evolved races did their evolving outside of Africa. Nevertheless, 55,000 years ago Africans were more evolved than Neanderthals. If Neanderthals still existed they would be quite a bit less intelligent than Negroes, and quite a bit more violent.

      You would not want to walk through a Neanderthal neighborhood after dark, I assure you. After mugging you, they would eat you.

      • ShermanTMcCoy

        As a Neanderthal, I resemble that remark.

  • HJ11

    I’m surprised at so many comments on here from folks who don’t know very much about the fundamental processes of evolution. We should all try to learn more. There are many books on the subject and some of them are very readable.

    The reality of Evolution is a strong foundation for our belief in Whiteness, if one understands it, and it’s not that complicated at the level of understanding that each of us needs.

    • Person of Whiteness

      I agree, but there’s no need to capitalize ‘evolution.’

  • ElComadreja

    We may share a common ancestor with these primitive apelike hominids but we did not evolve from them.

  • Transpower

    So maybe this was the first “white guy” in Israel!

  • Guest

    Not so. Ashkenazi DNA developed a within the last 2000 yrs

  • BlueSonicStreak

    Taught whites, went back to Africa, and promptly suffered a massive bout of race-wide amnesia from which they’ve tragically never recovered.

    But yeah, that’s why we haven’t found their skulls outside of Africa! Because they went back. Obviously.

  • brior

    Now I have to get a new avatar. Too bad,I liked the rendition of the kenniwick chap.

  • Randall Ward

    God made us as we are. I am happy with that fact. Are you happy?