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Re: Club Homo



Been there - it doesn't say how we know how large the hominid's brain was
relative to its skull or to its body.

Wouldn't any three year old sized skull have a smaller brain than an adult
sized skull without it meaning much in terms of intelligence?

The other article said of the skull only that it was the size of a
grapefruit.   Not even what size grapefruit.

This article did say the skeleton had the consistency of mashed potatoes or
wet blotting paper.   How is it possible to definitively know much at all
about its structure?

Yours,
Dora Smith
Austin, Texas
The American Colonies
villandra@austin.rr.com
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard W. Travsky" <rtravsky@uwyo.edu>
To: "Dora Smith" <villandra@austin.rr.com>
Cc: <dbensen@bowdoin.edu>; <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2004 10:29 AM
Subject: Re: Club Homo


> On Thu, 28 Oct 2004, Dora Smith wrote:
> > I read it, after deleting most of the discussion about it- never
expected
> > them to have lived only 30,000 years ago.
> >
> > I have a couple of questions.
> >
> > First of all, how do we know their brains were small?
>
> There is at least one skull found. Actually, that's not needed in a
> way because the bodily remains are small as well.
>
> > Second, has all of the dating been done from tool and fire remains found
> > with them?    Could dating be done from their bones,  or soil near the
> > bones?   Other remains could conceivably have been left by modern
humans.
> >
> > And finally, how do we know this isn't a hoax?
>
> See
>
>  http://www.nature.com/news/2004/041025/full/4311029a.html
>
> for details.
>