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Citizen Attorney wrote:

> Interesting post. My question about huge catostrophies
> continues to be where are the bodies that perished during these
> events.
>
> Suppose we didn't clean up the bodies after the recent tsunami.
> These bodies would have drifted to where? wouldn't someone five
> thousand years later be able to find remnants of 125,ooo
> bodies?

Not necessarily. Look at the huge area the bodies are scattered over. If we can't find many of them now, how will it be any easier in a millenium or more? And the places where they are more concentrated (cites, etc.) would still not be likely to leave more than a few fragments of detectable remains. Remember that human bodies are just meat and bone like any other animal, they do decay and get scavenged. That is why fossils are so rare. I forget what the 'mathematical odds' are for any given dead animal to be fossilized, but they are every, very high. It takes just the right conditions. Even if someone were to find some bones of one of these people in thousands of years how would they know that this person died in a tsunami rather than just died of old age or got killed in some struggle? Bones don't necessarily carry signs of the cause of death. So future archaeologists finding bone fragments concentrated in one area might think they've stumbled upon a primitive graveyard rather than a mass death site.

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Olmecs 197 Giant 18-Feb-05 17:50
Re: Olmecs 130 Kevin Kanada 18-Feb-05 19:14
Re: Olmecs 83 Farseeker 18-Feb-05 21:32
Re: Olmecs 91 Kevin Kanada 18-Feb-05 22:58
Re: Olmecs 110 PriorityRed 19-Feb-05 01:50
Re: Olmecs 99 David L 19-Feb-05 16:33
Re: Olmecs 115 Citizen Attorney 19-Feb-05 23:22
Re: Olmecs 89 PeteJMt 24-Feb-05 04:16
Re: Olmecs 97 Simon Magus 19-Feb-05 04:23
China, Stitchin and 'Secrets of the Ancients'... 152 Masis 19-Feb-05 08:39
Where did the Egyptians come from? 112 Nico de Bruin 19-Feb-05 13:39
Re: Meso America and Sky Worship 113 Thunderbird 19-Feb-05 18:03
where are the bodies 75 Citizen Attorney 19-Feb-05 23:36
Re: where are the bodies 124 Nolondil 20-Feb-05 01:02
Re: where are the bodies 96 come on pilgrim 20-Feb-05 02:57
Re: where are the bodies 111 PriorityRed 20-Feb-05 17:53
Re: where are the bodies 116 Citizen Attorney 21-Feb-05 17:41
Re: where are the bodies 114 Citizen Attorney 21-Feb-05 17:18
Re: where are the bodies 87 David L 20-Feb-05 04:00
Re: where are the bodies 92 PriorityRed 20-Feb-05 17:55
Re: Olmecs 106 come on pilgrim 19-Feb-05 14:53
Re: Olmecs 101 PriorityRed 19-Feb-05 19:10
Re: Olmecs 90 Citizen Attorney 21-Feb-05 17:20
Re: Olmecs 101 come on pilgrim 21-Feb-05 19:56
found some! 70 come on pilgrim 21-Feb-05 23:08
Re: found some! 115 Citizen Attorney 22-Feb-05 14:41
Caucasions too 106 Citizen Attorney 21-Feb-05 17:31
Re: Olmecs 115 SphinxGirl 21-Feb-05 20:46
Polynesians or Asians 102 Masis 27-Feb-05 15:08


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