Petralona Cave - Greece

The human skull that challenges the Out of Africa theory

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This is the account of the discovery of a skull that has the potential to change what we know about human evolution, and a suppression and cover-up which followed.   

In 1959, in an area called Chalkidiki in Petralona, Northern Greece, a shepherd came across a small opening to a cave, which became visible when a thick covering of snow finally melted.  He gathered a group of villagers to help him clear the entrance so they could go inside and explore.  They found a cave rich in stalactites and stalagmites. But they also found something surprising – a human skull embedded in the wall (later research also uncovered a huge number of fossils including pre-human species, animal hair, fossilized wood, and stone and bone tools).   

Petralona SkullThe skull was given to the University of Thessaloniki in Greece by the President of the Petralona Community. The agreement was that once the research was done, a museum would be opened featuring the findings from the Petralona cave, and the skull would be returned to be displayed in the museum – something that never happened.

Dr Aris Poulianos, member of the UNESCO's IUAES (International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences), later founder of the Anthropological Association of Greece , and an expert anthropologist who was working at the University of Moscow at the time, was invited by the Prime Minister of Greece to return to Greece to take a position of a University Chair in Athens.  This was due to the publication of his book, ‘The Origins of the Greeks’, which provides excellent research showing that Greek people didn’t originate from the Slavic nations but were indigenous to Greece.  Upon his return to Greece, Dr Poulianos was made aware of the discovery of the skull at Petralona, and immediately started studying the Petralona cave and skull.

The ‘Petralona man’, or Archanthropus of Petralona, as it has since been called, was found to be 700,000 years old, making it the oldest human europeoid (presenting European traits) of that age ever discovered in Europe. Dr Poulianos’ research showed that the Petralona man evolved separately in Europe and was not an ancestor of a species that came out of Africa. 

In 1964, independent German researchers, Breitinger and Sickenberg, tried to dismiss Dr Poulianos’ findings, arguing that the skull was only 50,000 years old and was indeed an ancestor that came from Africa.  However, research published in the US in 1971 in the prestigious Archaeology magazine, backed up the findings that the skull was indeed 700,000 years old.  This was based on an analysis of the cave’s stratigraphy and the sediment in which the skull was embedded.  Further research in the cave discovered isolated teeth and two pre-human skeletons dating back 800,000 years, as well as other fossils of various species.

Today, most academics who have analyzed the Petralona remains say that the cranium of the Archanthropus of Petralona belongs to an archaic hominid distinguished from Homo erectus, and from both the classic Neanderthals and anatomically modern humans, but showing characterists of all those species and presenting strong European traits.  A skull dating back 700,000 which is either Homo sapien or part Homo sapien is in direct conflict with the Out of Africa theory of human evolution.  

Petralona Man

Further excavations continued in the cave of Petralona with the participation of international researchers (46 specialists from 12 separate countries), which provided further proof of Dr Poulianos’ claims, including remarkable findings like fossilized pieces of wood, an oak leaf, animal hair and coprolites, which enabled accurate dating, as well as the almost continuous presence of stone and bone tools of the Archanthropus evolutionary stage, from the lower (750,000 years) to the upper (550,000 years) layers of sediment within the cave.

The research, after an interruption due to the dictatorship in Greece, continued up to 1983. It was then ordered by the government that all excavations at the site were forbidden to anyone, including the original archaeological team, and for 15 years nobody had access to the site or to the findings – no reason was provided by the government.  Was this denial of access to prevent the extraction of whatever new scientific conclusions remained hidden within the incredible fossils embedded within the layers of the caves’ walls? 

After the Anthropological Society of Greece took the case to the courts, 15 years later they were again allowed access to the cave.  Since then the Ministry of Culture is trying in any way to overcome the Courts decision and further trials proceed.

Comments

I must admit that I did not read all the above comments, but I would like to add, that it is my perception, that there are certain "centers of influence" in archeology, history and teaching that wants to impose their theories on history, regarding the origin of humans, to preserve the indoeuropean theroy (meaning with that we are all equal - no nation is different or better - we are all related), why not accept a theory that says that life began in different places on earth, and evolved parallel, and that it was not the sumerians that discovered, the wheel, agriculture, writing etc etc.
It all comes down to one thing, namely those who control what theory is the one that must be aknowledged, is the one that supports, those who want to prove, who was here first. What I am trtying to say, and forgive my bad english - is that if skeletona were found in Greece for example, that could prove that the Greeks were αν indigenous population, there right to anhabit certain geograpic places could not be questioned, and vice versa, if you find arceological findings in another country that could be related to your people, you could make claims.
The indoeuropean theory is onl;ly based on Linguistic theoris, beginning from an english lawyer in India.....

As I read these comments, I find that people in general are stupid no matter their IQ. There is fact in all comments and thoughts, no one person is absolute in their opinion, whether scientist or a genius civilian. The problem with humans all, is hubris, greed, notoriety, position of influence, or the search for position of influence. Basically, power corrupts fully, whether it be in the Catholic Church, or in the 7/11 store in your neighborhood. The quest to be the best and make the most money, corrupts humanity fully. Until humans learn to live in peace, less a pyramid of power, then the truth on all levels of humanity will never never known. Opinions do not necessarily a hater make. The act of hate makes the hater.

After the flood, Noah's 3 sons split up and went in different directions; Ham who was black to the South, Sham who was white to the West and Yafes who was Asian to the East. Just sayin'.

Any "theory" that contradicts the generally accepted "out-of-Africa" doctrine is going to be scoffed at, and the conventional historians and anthropologists will do their best to either "debunk," or suppress such a theory. Any theory that doesn't agree with the "we are all the same" doctrine is going to meet extreme resistance. The "PC world" we live in will not tolerate alternatives. Unfortunately for the PC crowd, there is now accumulating so much evidence that we are NOT "all the same," that it is becoming very difficult to maintain the "out-of-Africa" farce. The Rh Negative controversy is but one example of evidence that the PC crowd is at a total loss to explain away or "debunk." History is much more complex than the conventionalists would have us believe!

And the 15% of humanoids currently on the planet with Rh negative blood? Where did they begin? This planet has been an enormous laboratory for the beginnings and eventual ends of several experimental gene pools deposited all over the world, and many have either failed completely, or been interbred with other humanoid species to produce the humanity we see with every imaginable shape, size, color and attributes or flaws we encounter every single day. It's not the color of skin, but the shared humanity and the collective aim for the very stars we came from with no exceptions.
Africa was a cradle for some, Russia for others, India another, possibly both poles and so on. Let's not lose sight of the possibilities and the fact we're closer than ever to knowing and finally accepting we are gods and goddesses, each and every one of us because that's exactly what created us 'in the beginning'.

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