Hominid Inter-breeding

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

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K. 'platyops' not only had a much flatter face than Lucy, she also had smaller teeth. Fromrepparttar teeth,repparttar 143520 scientists conclude that it probably ate fruits, berries and small insects while A. 'afarensis' consumed tougher vegetation like roots and grasses. {The skull appears to have teeth as we do. This description of things bears little fruit ofrepparttar 143521 nature of our ancestors or how they felt, thought and developedrepparttar 143522 things that really count. It would fit very nicely withrepparttar 143523 'cave man' fiction and our 'gradually evolved' species though. Thus you can rest secure inrepparttar 143524 knowledge that YOU and especiallyrepparttar 143525 European (you) arerepparttar 143526 highest form of life ever found onrepparttar 143527 face of this planet.} 'They were unlikely to compete,' says team member Fred Spoor of University College London. 'Two species don't usually occupyrepparttar 143528 same ecological niche.'

Old flat-face could displace A. 'afarensis' as a direct link inrepparttar 143529 human lineage. Or it may be a part of a branch leading to 'Homo rudolfensis', a species with a strikingly similar face that lived in East Africa between 2.4 and 1.8 million years ago. 'You find something beautiful and new, butrepparttar 143530 conclusion is you actually know less,' says Spoor. 'But we are getting there.' - with reporting by Andrea Dorfman/New York. (1)

When all things are considered they are being disingenuous. Spoor orrepparttar 143531 others do know thatrepparttar 143532 afarensis lineage is not related to us. As torepparttar 143533 existence of super robustus australopithecines inrepparttar 143534 time, they don't mention that becauserepparttar 143535 probability of 'occupyingrepparttar 143536 same ecological niche' increasesrepparttar 143537 likelihood that humans and hominids banded together and formed protection groups against these larger foe with ability like their own. That is a possibility I think leads to social and cultural development that would pushrepparttar 143538 meaningful aspects of human life back a great deal further. The spiritual and communicational possibilities of commerce and ritual as well as dance and herbalism, expand as people form larger units. It is likely that sexual relations between different hominids occurred and made mutational potentials to generate genetic streams of over a hundred different types in Africa. To focus on Africa forgets Siberia (Diring entry) and Mungo Man. It loses sight of Gondwana whererepparttar 143539 genetic material that became all these hominids formed beforerepparttar 143540 split to South America, Australia etc. This leads to many different places on earth developing hominids. Yes, there is much to learn; but if we don't consider allrepparttar 143541 facts we will keep our heads in a very dark place that doctors might have to use surgical tools like obsidian (as fine as any today) to remove. They have recently found an ape whichrepparttar 143542 researchers think is a cross between a gorilla and a chimpanzee. It is still living in some numbers and I look forward to geneticists telling us what cannot be done while their colleagues say otherwise some more. And those geneticists did so after I wrote much of this book. They found up to 1.8 million years ago that pubic lice which are only on humans diverged in North America.

Author of Diverse Druids Guest 'expert' for World-Mysteries.com Columnist at The ES Press Magazine

Drought Defined

Written by Chris Orr

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It is very important to understandrepparttar context when you talk about drought.

Agricultural drought is more common and its visual affects are clearer than hydrologic drought. It is easier to see parched soil, dry stock dams and withered plants than peer down into limestone aquifers. We identify with agricultural drought because it dries up our lawns and forces livestock producers to buy hay because pasture grass will not grow. We become aware of hydrologic drought when wells cannot keep up with demand and springs dry up.

I still think thatrepparttar 143143 West River plains will see significant improvement this year. The higher elevations ofrepparttar 143144 Black Hills, eastern Wyoming and eastern Montana are a different story because they still very dry.

The dry condition ofrepparttar 143145 Black Hills is even more troublesome because a lot ofrepparttar 143146 rain and snow received atrepparttar 143147 high elevations is used to recharges aquifers. Therefore,repparttar 143148 drought inrepparttar 143149 Black Hills has a far-reaching impact.

I am devotingrepparttar 143150 month of April to exploringrepparttar 143151 impact of drought on you and me. I will dispel myths about how long it takes to recover from drought and suggest ways you can help minimizerepparttar 143152 impact of drought. I will also takerepparttar 143153 bull byrepparttar 143154 horns and answer that burning question: Is there ever enough rain?

Chris Orr is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist with more than 25 years of experience. His private practice includes work as an expert witness, weather forecasting and forecaster training. His column appears in the Rapid City Journal every Sunday. He can be contacted at weather@rapidwx.com or through his Web site www.rapidwx.com .

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