9.10 – THE PROTOTYPES (7.22.16)

GEOGRAPHIC ISOLATION [11c]

The Indonesian island of Flores, just north of Australia. September 6, 2003. Archaeologists seeking evidence for the first Homo sapiens migration to Indonesia come upon what they believe is the skull of a human child, embedded in the earth 20 feet beneath the surface of Liang Bua Cave. After several days of careful excavation, enough of the cranium and mandible are exposed to reveal that the teeth belong not to a child, but to a fully grown adult. The skull, along with the skeletal remains that were recovered weeks later, belong to an ancient hominin that stood only three-and-a-half feet tall. Scientists name the species Homo floresiensis, but they are more commonly referred to as “the Hobbits.”

“The Flores hominids date to 16,000 to 18,000 years ago, a time period when we thought only anatomically modern humans existed. What is remarkable about the Flores remains is their tiny, tiny body size, and, as well, at least one of the specimens has a brain size that is only about the size of a chimpanzee, 300 to 400 ccs. And yet, you have tools that are consistent with anatomically modern humans. How to reconcile that is still an open question.”

William R. Leonard, Ph.D.
(Chair of Dept. of Anthropology, Northwestern Univ.)

“The recent discoveries of these hobbits on the island of Flores in Indonesia has really rocked the anthropological world. And anthropologists were really not aware and didn’t think that there would be this miniature type of person, who’s a distinct species from Homo sapiens.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Prehistoric stone tools found on the island of Flores suggest that these so-called hobbits may have arrived there 800,000 years prior.

“How did this species get to the island? So, there are two options how this could have happened. One is that these hobbit people arrived there on boats, or they were planted there by extraterrestrials in the remote past. Some people even have suggested that this island served as some type of a Petri dish because of its isolation.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Seven years after the initial Flores discovery, archaeologists stumble across yet another new species 8,000 miles away in the remote Altai Mountains of Siberia. Isolated in a cave at an elevation over 2,400 feet above sea level, scientists discover a finger bone fragment and tooth of a previously unknown prehumen that existed at least 40,000 years ago. They name the species Denisovan, after the name of the cave that the bones were found in.

“It’s particularly fascinating that when we look at the geographical distribution of the early humans, they’re in different parts of the world. We have the Denisovans in Siberia and Russia, we have Homo floresiensis on the island of Flores, and the list goes on. It begs the question: How would that happen? Why would it not be the case that multiple different types of human would appear in multiple areas? But they had their own geographical locations.”

– Nick Redfern (Author, Memoirs of a Monster Hunter),
(The Real Men in Black), (Final Events),
(The World’s Weirdest Places),
(Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind),
(Bloodline of the Gods), (The NASA Conspiracies),
(On the Trail of the Saucer Spies:
UFOs and Government Surveillance)

Discoveries made in just the last two decades paint a picture of at least four distinct groups of intelligent hominins existing in isolated pockets of the world: Homo floresiensis, isolated on the island of Flores, Denisovans beings found in the Altai Mountains of Siberia, Neanderthal found occupying Western Europe, and anatomically modern humans evolving in Africa.

“Scientists don’t entirely understand the role of geographic isolation, but what we know from studies of island populations of both humans and nonhuman species today is that isolated environments are fertile ground for producing unique and distinctive adaptations and also extremes in body size.”

William R. Leonard, Ph.D.
(Chair of Dept. of Anthropology, Northwestern Univ.)

In 1972, renowned evolutionary theorist Dr. Stephen Jay Gould proposed a modification to the standard model of evolution. His Punctuated Equilibrium Theory addressed evidence that changes in the fossil record came not as a steady process of gradual evolution, as proposed by Darwin, but rather in fits and starts. And these rapid changes seemed to primarily occur in situations of isolation. His theory continues to be considered controversial, as it also suggested that there must’ve been an unknown mechanism at play. But his research stops short of defining what this could have been.

“We don’t have the step-by-step changes that we were expecting to find. So, we have to ask ourselves, is there really this slow random evolution? Or are there sudden leaps, where suddenly there is a new kind of species that’s just come straight out of the incubator? And so it’s like we have these different species of humans that are being developed in isolation in different parts of the world.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“I’ve always said that Earth is a planet of experimentation. I keep thinking of The Island of Doctor Moreau, where you’re sequestered in a certain area, and you can conduct your work in quiet and in privacy. And there would be no reason why they wouldn’t want to do the same thing here, rather than just simply take people and take them to a different planet and play around, which I think they do.”

George Noory (Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM)

“Extraterrestrials would use islands for one experiment, tops of mountains for another experiment. But they would control what they were doing by keeping their different experiments separated from each other – oceans, mountains, islands, peninsulas.”

– Linda Moulton Howe
(Author / Investigative Journalist, Earthfiles)

“If you subscribe to the Zoo Hypothesis, which suggests that this entire planet is nothing else but an experiment for extraterrestrial entities, then one has to wonder: Could this be an experiment by extraterrestrials, where, in the end, only Homo sapiens survived?”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Could remote areas of the globe have served as extraterrestrial incubation sites for protohuman development? If so, was the experiment eradicated to make room for the growth for Homo sapiens? Perhaps further clues can be found by taking a closer examination of our nearest evolutionary cousin – the Neanderthal.

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