Human evolution

Ancient human females left families, went to live with husbands …

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In “Ancient Hominid Males Stayed Home While Females Roamed, Study Finds (ScienceDaily, 2011), we learn,

The team, which studied teeth from a group of extinct Australopithecus africanus and Paranthropus robustus individuals from two adjacent cave systems in South Africa, found more than half of the female teeth were from outside the local area, said CU-Boulder adjunct professor and lead study author Sandi Copeland. In contrast, only about 10 percent of the male hominid teeth were from elsewhere, suggesting they likely grew up and died in the same area.

If these results are replicated, early human culture encouraged the idea that women should go live with their husbands instead of staying with their folks. Let’s give that one time to sink in. It’s novel … 

One researcher cautions,

“It is difficult enough to work out relations between the sexes today, so the challenges in investigating the ways that male and female hominids used the landscape and formed social groups over a million years ago are considerable, to say the least,” said CU-Boulder’s Sponheimer. “Disembodied skulls and teeth are notoriously poor communicators, so the real difficulty with a study like this is finding new ways to make these old bones speak.” 

But, in this case, the message, if any, would seem to be that early humans were like most societies.

File under: Well, what did we expect, anyway?

3 Replies to “Ancient human females left families, went to live with husbands …

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    bornagain77 says:

    notes as to Australopithecus africanus (lucy):

    The following sources show unequivocally that ‘Lucy’, the supposed superstar of human evolution, was an ape:

    “these australopith specimens (Lucy) can be accommodated with the range of intraspecific variation of African apes”
    Nature 443 (9/2006), p.296

    “The australopithecines (Lucy) known over the last several decades from Olduvai and Sterkfontein, Kromdraai and Makapansgat, are now irrevocably removed from a place in a group any closer to humans than to African apes and certainly from any place in a direct human lineage.”
    Charles Oxnard, former professor of anatomy at the University of Southern California Medical School, who subjected australopithecine fossils to extensive computer analysis; http://creationwiki.org/Australopithecines

    Israeli Researchers: ‘Lucy’ is not direct ancestor of humans”; Apr 16, 2007
    The Mandibular ramus morphology (lower jaw bone) on a recently discovered specimen of Australopithecus afarensis closely matches that of gorillas. This finding was unexpected given that chimpanzees are the closest living relatives of humans.,,,its absence in modern humans cast doubt on the role of Au. afarensis as a modern human ancestor.
    http://www.arn.org/blogs/index.....cestral_li

    “The australopithecine (Lucy) skull is in fact so overwhelmingly simian (ape-like) as opposed to human that the contrary proposition could be equated to an assertion that black is white.”
    Lord Solly Zuckerman – Chief scientific advisor to British government and leading zoologist

    Lucy – The Powersaw Incident – a humorous video showing how biased evolutionists can be with the evidence
    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4032597

    Lucy – She’s No Lady – lecture video
    http://video.google.com/videop.....5726140350

    My Pilgrimage to Lucy’s Holy Relics Fails to Inspire Faith in Darwinism
    Excerpt: —“We were sent a cast of the Lucy skeleton, and I was asked to assemble it for display,” remembers Peter Schmid, a paleontologist at the Anthropological Institute in Zurich.,,, “When I started to put [Lucy’s] skeleton together, I expected it to look human,” Schmid continues “Everyone had talked about Lucy as being very modern, very human, so I was surprised by what I saw.”
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2......html#more

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    Kay says:

    What I thought was amusing that they came to ALL these conclusions with the study of, what was it?

    Studying 19 teeth?

    Think it was 19, read about it a day or two ago!

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    Ilion says:

    Ah, so “patriarchy” is natural for humans? It’s ‘Science!‘ after all … so, all the feminists and other “liberals” are going to stop pounding on that little drum?

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