Bio-advantages of the Neanderthals - (2/3) Environmental stress factors and Neanderthal DNA - by Amanda Laoupi
Recent genetic studies on the Neanderthal genome, composed of over 3 billion nucleotides from three individuals, conducted by an international team of researchers, indicate some form of hybridization between archaic humans and modern humans that had taken place after modern humans emerged from Africa.
Buried under ashes, the newly discovered "little Pompei"
In Sainte-Colombe, near Lyon (France), 15m above the Rhône River, archaeologists have uncovered a whole suburb of ancient Roman Vienne during preventive excavation on a projected construction site. It’s an « exceptional site », « a little Pompei of Vienne », raves Benjamin Clément, the scientific leader of the operation.
Bio-advantages of the Neanderthals - (1/3) Volcanic landscapes and their positive impact on human health - by Amanda Laoupi
Environmental stimuli triggered biomechanical and biochemical alterations in the human species since the early Palaeolithic times. Our remote ancestors chose repeatedly volcanic environments, where they survived, lived, reproduced and evolved...
Killer asteroid, supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, the tardigrade may survive them...
Gunnar Heinsohn: Arthur of Camelot and Aththe of Camulodunum
Cradle of Homo Sapiens shifted to Morocco - and 100,000 years up in time
The discovery of the bone remains of five individuals in Jebel Irhoud, near Safi, in Morocco, undisputably attributable to Homo Sapiens, show that the evolutionary processes behind his emergence involved the whole African continent and were practically complete 300,000 years ago.
Did humans split from apes in the Mediterranean?
The history of human evolution is being rewritten after scientists discovered that Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa.
“Our discovery outlines a new scenario for the beginning of human history,” says Professor David Begun, from the University of Toronto.
Dentistry in the Upper Palaeolithic
The dentist drill is not a modern invention – 13,000 years ago, an expert cleaned cavities with the help of a minute drill made out of flintstone, or bone. He also provided a filling.
Old African huts reassure us about the geomagnetic field
Compass needles are still pointing North, and the magnetic field is still protecting the Earth – but it is weakening. Is there a dangerous pole reversal in the offing? The floors of ancient African huts provide a clue...
Early human DNA found widely - and not in bones!
Fifty thousand years ago, a Neandertal relieved himself in a cave in present-day Belgium, depositing, among other things, a sample of his DNA. The urine clung to minerals in the soil and the feces eventually decomposed. But traces of the DNA remained, embedded in the cave floor, where earth falling from the cave’s ceiling and blowing in from outside eventually entombed it...
Meteorologists explain The Scream
It is one the world’s most famous paintings – and it exsudes a special mystery: why did Edvard Munch paint fiery waves in the background of his famous painting: The Scream? He may have been deeply affected by a rare atmospheric phenomenon...
What the Vulture Stone says...
Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations. Experts at the University of Edinburgh analysed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Göbekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to find out if they could be linked to constellations. The markings suggest that a swarm of comet fragments hit Earth at the exact same time that a mini-ice age struck, changing the entire course of human history.
Major mathematical breakthrough went ignored
Four years into his retirement, a genial insight occurred to Thomas Royen early one morning, as he was brushing his teeth: the Gaussian Correlation Inequality could be solved with the help of some of the statistical tools he had developed when he was working in the pharmaceuticals industry. The solution to this problem had eluded mathematicians for almost sixty years, and not for want of trying...
How the Aborigenes came to Australia
The first humans probably reached Australia around 50,000 years ago, which is the age of the oldest human skeletons and tools found. But how did humans get there?
Gunnar Heinsohn: Felix Romuliana
Felix Romuliana is regarded as an ideal embodiment of a purely Late Antique (4th-6th c.) city in the Roman province of Moesia (today's Gamzigrad in Serbia), because in the earlier Imperial Antiquity of the 1st to early 3rd centuries there appears to be simply nothing at all in that splendid urban space erected around 305 CE for Emperor Galerius (293-311 CE).
Huge spike in Earth' magnetic field recorded in8th century B.C. potteries
More than 2,500 years ago in the ancient Near East, the Earth's geomagnetic field was going gangbusters. During the late eighth century B.C., a new study finds, the magnetic field that surrounds the planet was temporarily 2.5 times stronger than it is today.
More moving almost than even the artistic representations, the imprints left by human hands on the walls of prehistoric caves create an authentic link between Paleolithic man and us...
Gunnar Heinsohn: Tenth Century Collapse
Gunnar Heinsohn: Paper-making's mysterious 700 years of secrecy
The question is why the invention of hand-made paper takes about 700 years to spread from China to east and west. In the earliest published archaeological finds, paper is dated to the 2nd c. BCE (Cotterell 2004, 11). Only about 105 AD, however, is there written information about paper making from a minister named Tsai'Lun (Cai Lun, 121 AD)...
Amanda Laoupi: Who was Phaethon? (5)
Amanda Laoupi: The ladies of the Labyrinth - Symbolism of the Labyrinth and labrys (4)
Amanda Laoupi: Athena & Hephaistos - Matriarchy as key feature of Pelasgian origin (3)
"Boom-Star" visible in 2022
The new star, known as the Boom Star, sits just off the right hand wing of Cygnus (in red)
At the beginning of the 3rd century civil war raged in Britain as the Roman emperor Septimius Severus sought to quell unrest in the north. But unknown to the fighting cohorts and Caledonian tribes, high above their heads two stars were coming together in a huge cataclysmic explosion. Now 1800 years later the light from that collision will finally arrive on Earth creating a new star in the night sky - dubbed the ‘Boom Star - in an incredibly rare event which is usually only spotted through telescopes.
Amanda Laoupi: The Pelasgians - Sirius, Dyonisos, Apollo, Draco. More evidence (2)
The Cygnus Hypothesis - Argo, the Ark, Argonautica, and Sirius centers of the ancient world...
Amanda Laoupi: The Pelasgians and the Sirius-Cult (1)
The Sirius, Moon and Venus cults came from Paleolithic Times amazingly enriched by their “journey” through the human psyche starring at the Cosmos. Especially, the Sirius cult was a pivotal cult of the Pelasgian substratum coming from Neolithic and late Paleolithic Times...
Jacques Benveniste and the "memory of water"
Jacques Benveniste (1935-2004) was a top-level French biochemist of impeccable scientific credentials. In the 1980s and 1990s he engaged in research which seemed to uncover a hitherto unknown property of water : « memory.» In 1988, he was asked by the editor-in-chief of the magazine Nature to withdraw a peer-reviewed article which had been accepted for publication. He refused, and his descent to hell began. His lost his lab and his funding. He continued his experiments in a shack on the parking lot of his former lab. He was hounded – literally – to death : he died in 2004, age 69, after a heart operation, his third. Yet, a few prominent scientists and Nobel Prize winners, such as physicist Brian Josephson, continued to take him seriously. In 2010, Luc Montagnier, Nobel Prize winner in medicine and discoverer of the HIV virus, picked up on his experiments and is presently continuing in his line of research. Luc Montagnier, now at Jiao-tong University in Shanghai, calls Benveniste « the Galileo of the XX century. »
Alfred de Grazia dies (Dec. 29, 1919 - July 13, 2014)
Pity the mourners, not the dead.
Mourning is worse than dying.
Calculating the sadness and tears,
the forlorn reaching for the dead,
I hardly dare to die. It would be
an imposition upon friend and family.
But they ought esteem more the
trouble I take to outlive them,
to keep them happy and chattering
about my faults:
“What silly thing will he do next?”
(Short of dying, of course,
than which nothing is worse
save the mourning that follows.)
From: Twentieth-Century Firesale
Alfred de Grazia awarded the Legion of Honor
On December 29, 2013, Alfred de Grazia celebrated his 94th birthday with a gathering of mistletoe and a walk along the river Huisne. Two days later, on December 31, 2013, by Presidential Decree, he was named a Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honor, France's highest order of distinction.
The Creation of the Gods - Sacrifice as the Origin of Religion: The Book by Gunnar Heinsohn
What is a god?
How did the priesthood, and cults of bloody sacrifices come into existence?
How did our forebears arrive at fashioning images of gods in animal- human- or mixed shapes?
Were the gods sacrificed to, or did the sacrificed become gods?
How, in short, did humanity reach this first step of higher culture?
Gunnar Heinsohn's groundbreaking work in the history of religion, based on clues from anthropology, archaeology, mythology and ancient history, is made available for the first time in English, in a serialized form, in a translation by Anne-Marie de Grazia.
Now serialized in Q-mag.org
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A word from the editor
30th Anniversary Edition:
Alfred de Grazia was made posthumously a Distinguished Member of the Regiment (DMOR) of Psychological Operations, Special Operations Command, in Fort Bragg, NC, on Oct. 31, 2014.
Anne-Marie accepted the honor in his stead from the hands of the commanding General Eric P. Wendt.
Alfred de Grazia's career in Intelligence
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Alfred de Grazia receives the medal of the Légion d'Honneur