Stone Age sea travel

The Discovery that Revealed Ancient Humans Navigated the Seas 130,000 Years Ago

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Tsurugi's picture

Stratigraphic analysis is still largely based on uniformitarian thinking, a geological premise that has been largely falsified by extensive evidence of repeated catastrophic episodes throughout the history of the planet. Catastrophic forces can accomplish in minutes what it would take a uniformitarian environment tens of thousands of years to achieve, if it could achieve it at all. (Ice rafted boulders are an excellent example of a geological phenomena that simply cannot be replicated using “one grain of sand, one drop of water at a time")

IMO this means stratigraphy dates should be taken with a large grain of salt and a huge margin of error, trending toward the present.

It is not hard to explain. You are forgetting that there was a Wurm glacial which set a southern limit of ice near the Island of Crete. They could travel on bare foot from Asia to Crete.

I am amazed, but not surprised. We must keep in mind, this is the oldest evidence we have found, so far!

Roberto Peron's picture

And if they could sail the waters 200K yrs ago then that means they could have gone anywhere.

rbflooringinstall's picture

That's interesting enough that the tools were made out of quartz.

Peace and Love,

Ricky.

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