'Forbidden archeologist' Michael Cremo discussed evidence for humans in extreme antiquity, as well as his work on ancient giants, vimanas (ancient flying craft), and Vedic cycles. He also reacted to reports of DNA being found in human bones from 400,000 years ago in Spain (see article below). While the scientists in this case are not talking about the same type of humans found today, "I do believe at that time in Europe, 400,000 years ago, and even long before that, going back many millions of years, human beings like us were in fact there," he commented. He cited the case of 19th century French archaeologist Jacques Boucher de Perthes who was making excavations in Abbeville, France and found an anatomically modern human jawbone in a layer that was estimated to be 430,000 years old. While scientists at the time suggested a hoax was being perpetuated, Boucher de Perthes did additional excavations at the same site, and found 100 additional anatomically modern human bones, Cremo recounted.
Another intriguing case from the 19th century involves an object found in a block of coal in Austria called the Wolfsegg Iron. The coal that the curious round metallic object came from was dated to the middle Miocene period-- which means it was 10-12 millions years old, Cremo explained. Additionally in West Virginia in 1944, a bronze or brass bell was found in coal that was around 300 million years old, he continued. According to ancient Sanskrit texts, humans have existed on Earth for many millions of years, but there are devastation cycles at intervals of about every 300 million years, he noted.
Cremo presented reports for the existence of ancient giants. One of the best cases was a discovery in Castelnau, France by archaeologist Georges de Lapouge of bones from a Bronze age skeleton estimated to be over 11 ft. tall. He also detailed the concept of psychic archaeology, such as practiced by clairvoyants like Geoffrey Hodson, who could describe creatures by touching excavated bones.
First hour guest, author Stan Deyo shared an update on the Yellowstone caldera-- the supervolcano was recently estimated to be twice as large as previously thought. If the caldera erupted, "it would probably throw ash over Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and edges of other states to a degree of about 4 inches deep," and this ash is a glassy type that would damage lungs, and eventually spread around the planet, he said. While we're not likely to see the supervolcano explode in our lifetime, there is activity in the northwest section of Yellowstone Park that could be building to an earthquake or smaller eruption, he noted. For more, check out Deyo's page of related images.
400,000-year-old human DNA has been extracted from fossils in a cave in Spain. Initial analysis of the bones led scientists to believe they were most closely related to Neanderthals (such as the pictured reconstruction), yet the DNA has revealed a connection to an ancient human population from Siberia, known as the Denisovans. More here.
Pictured: Neanderthal man reconstruction, displayed in a show at the Prehistoric Museum in Halle, eastern Germany. Click on image to view larger.
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