September 2010


Maxwell_Neanderthal

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This appears to be a very interesting new theory that comes with a bold (and controversial) study: 40,000 years ago the volcanoes in Europe blew the final whistle for our close relatives, the Neanderthals. The picture provided by the researchers seem consistent with the chronology, though some scholars remain unconvinced. Other theories suggest that modern humans played an important role in the demise of the Neanderthals in a variety of ways including warfare. This is, as far as I know, the first plausible theory on a “catastrophic explanation”. The study is published in the October issue of the journal “Current Anthropology”. Probably a wave of controversy will follow soon by the “orthodox academicians”.

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Amazon Rainforest, the largest tropical forest...

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Zahra Hirji of Discovery News, presents a brief analysis on the hot subject which has been discussed for some time. Is the “ancient civilization in Amazonian forests” story, an “incredible cover-up of Mother Nature” as Hirji herself stated on the title of the article, or rather an exaggerated speculation that grew in some archaeologists’ minds? Augusto Oyuela Caycedo from University of Florida believes a past existence of a complex society in the depths of the rain forests. Many anthropologists support this view after researching the environment and examining the evidence. On the other hand, conservatives seem reluctant to be convinced. As Hirji stated, it appears as a controversy between the “old way of thinking” and the “new wave of thought”. A good read.

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Nasca (Peru), Condor, August 2007

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American researcher David Johnson, comes up with a new and intriguing explanation on one of the most enigmatic sites in world. The mysterious lines, figures and signs on Nazca Plain have been researched and examined for decades since last century and there are almost a dozen theories about their “purpose” and function. Among them were, Swiss writer Erich von Daeniken’s “ancient airport” theory which made the headlines in 1970s. Now, Johnson suggests an interesting explanation for these enigmatic lines, which connects them to the underground water sources.

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