How old is humanity? New discoveries in archaeology and paleontology

Humanity is an incredibly ancient civilization that has existed on Earth for millions of years. Throughout human history, people have studied their past in order to understand how they came to be what they are today. However, there are theories that suggest that human history may be much older than we think.

Forbidden Archaeology

There is the theory of forbidden archaeology, which says that some finds indicative of the antiquity of human civilization have been hidden or destroyed in the past. According to the proponents of this theory, this was done in order to preserve the habitual way of life and belief in traditional attitudes.

However, although this theory is controversial and debatable among scientists, there are findings that suggest that human history may be much older than we think.

The mystery of the skeleton: the story of an ancient woman from Guadeloupe who stunned scientists for two centuries

In 1810, the English navy captured the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, but in addition to the local spoils, the soldiers discovered something unusual – a slab of limestone with the skeleton of a modern woman embedded in it. They began to study this ancient fossilized skeleton, which has been of great interest to scientists for two centuries. However, dating its age proved to be a challenge. Modern science estimates the age of these limestones at 28 million years. That is, this layer formed at least 25 million years before the oldest known ancestors of modern man. Today, this skeleton is a permanent part of the British Museum exhibition and continues to be a mystery to researchers.

The mystery of the skull from the excavation: An ancient predecessor of man or just a modern type?

In 1896 in Buenos Aires, workers digging a pit for building a dry dock discovered a human skull at the bottom. This find sparked a debate between paleoanthropologists and geologists as to whether it was an ancient predecessor of man or just a modern type? Argentine paleoanthropologist Florentino Amegino recognized the skull as Diprothomo platensis, while scientist Aleš Grdlička of the Smithsonian Institution believed it was simply the skull of modern humans. While geologists claimed that the find was at least 1-1.5 million years old, Aleš Grdlička ignored the geological characterization data. So how did this happen and who was right?

Opinion of an expert

One of the most famous proponents of the forbidden archaeology theory is Michael Cremo, the author of Forbidden Archaeology. He argues that there are many finds on Earth that suggest that human history may be much older than we think.

“We have to be prepared for the fact that our understanding of history may be wrong,” Cremo says. – “We must look for new findings and new evidence to expand our understanding of the past.”

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