> With all that being said, this is not to say we
> have it all figured out, far from it, but the
> reality of the fossil record is much more
> substantial despite it flaws than I am sure most
> of you realize. There will no doubt be discovered
> many surprises, some which will surely cause us to
> reevaluate the foundations of our evolutionary
> models, a process that is already underway, but
> the idea that there is some paleolithic pyrmaid
> building master species out there that is
> otherwise culturally and physically completely
> missing from the archaeological record other than
> the megaliths they left behind is, to put it
> politely, highly unlikely.
Exactly how many specimens of hominids have been discovered representing the period 10.000 to 50,000 BCE?
How many individuals have been discovered and identified representing that period?
How many distinct species do those individuals collectively represent?
How many individuals lived during that period?
What percentage of those living individuals became fossilised and discovered?
If as you correctly stated the fossil record is at present largely incomplete and will no doubt reveal many surprises.
How can you be certain enough to deem it "unlikely" that a megalith building species, culture, society, technological culture, civilisation, call it what you will, has never existed.
Is not the correct answer...
At present, based purely on the fossil record, we simply do not know due to insufficient data in the fossil record spanning over a forty thousand year period. 160,000 generations.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01-Jan-17 01:22 by Jon Ellison.