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Wushan Man: oldest human found in China


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#1    Owlscrying

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 08:49 AM

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Archaeologists have recently found evidence, 2 million year-old human fossils, suggesting that the earliest human species was from Whushan County, Chongging, China.

A lower jawbone fragment and an incisor, along with some 230 stone tools, was found from a human they are naming “Wushan Man”.
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Posted 21 November 2007 - 09:49 AM

Owlscrying on Nov 21 2007, 08:49 AM, said:

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Archaeologists have recently found evidence, 2 million year-old human fossils, suggesting that the earliest human species was from Whushan County, Chongging, China.

A lower jawbone fragment and an incisor, along with some 230 stone tools, was found from a human they are naming “Wushan Man”.
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I love it how archaeologists or anthropologists find a piece of jawbone with a few teeth and extrapolate to come up with an illustration of how the complete jawbone would look.


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Posted 22 November 2007 - 04:05 PM

1.618 on Nov 21 2007, 03:49 AM, said:

I love it how archaeologists or anthropologists find a piece of jawbone with a few teeth and extrapolate to come up with an illustration of how the complete jawbone would look.


It sounds impossible but just think about this for a minute...

If you stood beside a busy road for a day watching vehicles, I think by the end of the day you should ( with some accuracy ) be able to predict what the next car was going to look like.




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Posted 22 November 2007 - 04:14 PM

Shaftsbury on Nov 22 2007, 04:05 PM, said:

It sounds impossible but just think about this for a minute...

If you stood beside a busy road for a day watching vehicles, I think by the end of the day you should ( with some accuracy ) be able to predict what the next car was going to look like.


nice analogy but....it would be like finding a small piece of the car and recostructing it. Wushan man is supposed to be a different species...i.e. the first that has been found so any reconstruction would be mostly guesswork.


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Posted 22 November 2007 - 04:32 PM

So does this mean Africa and Australia are out of the running as the places where man orignated.
Also i love it cos itll drive the creationists crazy, well crazier than they all ready are.lol.lol

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 05:21 PM

1.618 on Nov 22 2007, 10:14 AM, said:

nice analogy but....it would be like finding a small piece of the car and recostructing it. Wushan man is supposed to be a different species...i.e. the first that has been found so any reconstruction would be mostly guesswork.


A different species yes, but with shared characteristics.

If I found a piece of a tire beside that road of mine, and could identify it as coming from a car, then I could assume that the complete tire would have been round, and there were probably four of them. Now that's not really a guess, it's making a prediction based on the knowledge that tires are round, and generally you need four of them to keep the vehicle stable.

It's the same thing in comparitive anatomy, animals share characteristics. If you know the jaw fragment came from a human ancestor then you can assume that the jaw and the creature shared similarities with others in the same basic family.

You would not expect the creature to look like a mouse or an elephant, it would look more like humans and human ancestors.




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