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First let me just give you a philosophical overview as to why the question is disingenuous and you are barking up the wrong tree. You ask: Was Richard Leakey correct, did they toss out the fossil, or the theories on early man? No, he was not. Of course, that is because he was taken out of context in that selective quote (a favorite creationist tactic)....


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Probably not. There are two factors here: Did the Mayans actually base their city locations on their civilization's constellations? Given A, is the structure discovered actually a city? The answer to both is probably "No". This article has multiple updates that feature expert commentary on both issues. On the constellation issue, from Ivan Šprajc from ...


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Is it true that there are no textual deviations between the dead sea scrolls and the old testament? No. Most people claiming that there are no differences seem to cherry-pick the texts that they compare. And there are indeed texts which contain only few significant deviations, for example Isaiah. Although even they do contain some differences, such as ...


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The use of Carbon-14 for dating is not completely precise. In general, 500 years is the minimum and 50,000 years is the maximum due to the need to calibrate for background C-14 levels, and to have sufficient breakdown to establish the half-life proportions but not so much that the sample is too small to measure. That said, they're using Carbon-14 dating on ...


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Short Answer: No. This site from California State University Northridge throughly debunks that particular geologic formation (emphasis mine). Abstract A natural rock structure near Dogubayazit, Turkey, has been misidentified as Noah's Ark. Microscopic studies of a supposed iron bracket show that it is derived from weathered volcanic minerals. ...


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It's wrong to say there is literally no difference. The oldest relatively complete copies of the Old Testament are in Greek, so there is no direct comparison. These are the Codex Vaticanus and Codex Alexandrinus. The oldest complete version in Hebrew was the Aleppo Codex. During the pogrom in 1947 the Aleppo Codex was lost and feared destroyed. The book ...


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The Egyptians and other cultures really did use twenty-sided dice as evidenced by studies and artifacts, such as the one at the Met. For example, "A Demotic Inscribed Icosahedron from Dakhleh Oasis" by Martina Minas-Nerpel published in the The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology in 2007 (Vol. 93, pp. 137-148), describes "a unique icosahedron found at Qaret el-...


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I have been unable to find any corroborating source concerning the planks glued together (even the Wyatt Museum website says nothing of this); at this time it appears to have originated with this article. I have sent an email requesting references, and will provide an update later. What I do know: The Witnesses Dr. Brandenburger Ohio State University's ...


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Origins I found that the story of underwater pyramids actually predates the Weekly World News article. Its origins begin with Dr. Ray Brown, a "naturopathic practitioner" from Mesa, Arizona, who claims to have discovered a submerged pyramid in the 1960's/1970's while looking for sunken galleons near the Bahamas. Dr. Brown claims to have retrieved a ...


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This story appeared in May 1991 in Weekly World News ... How seriously should one take Weekly World News ? Well, you'll have to judge for yourself, but here are two sample covers:


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Carbon dating has been extensively cross-referenced by tree-ring dating (dendrochronology). Carbon dates that are corrected by tree-ring dating are called calibrated. Tree-ring dating relies on the fact that trees have annual growth spurts and dormant period. As a result, each year the tree grows a new set of light and dark layers. These rings are easiest ...


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I'll try to summarize why the evidence, in this case and other similar ones, is considered not conclusive. The scientific community agrees on America being populated as late as 13-17k years ago, and as early as 40k: The time range of 40,000–16,500 years ago is a hot topic of debate and probably will remain so for years to come. The few agreements ...


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I would like to add something to current answers: From this article (French): In brief: He based his observations on Europeans' constellations, not Mayans'. Constellations are cultural constructions, Europeans' constellations are inherited from ancient Greece. His results now obviously does not make sense. None of the "experts" quoted by Le journal de ...


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There seems to be some research on these claims here, which places the original source of the myth here as appearing on the internet ~2000. Note there is yet no mention of atomic skeletons. You can find an analysis of the skeletons in question here, with pictures - which total about 37, from different time periods. Lots of them where buried. Still there is ...


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There's never been any radioactive skeleton in Mohenjo-Daro. It's a tale from the 60's. I explain it clearly in my article. Conclusion: The myth of radioactive skeletons found in Mohenjo Daro is not based on any valid evidence: There are not many but only one skeleton. This skeleton is Egyptian and not Indian. Its radioactivity is absolutely ...


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A "live human" would by definition have an age of 0 on the carbon dating scale, since the carbon in the live human is in active exchange with the environment, and hence the C14:C12 ratio would be identical to the baseline. Carbon dating scales measure the changes in this ratio after death of the organism. This will be true even if humans somehow are ...


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"The Ethnological and Historical Enigma-The Malanese People of Kulu Valley." The Oriental Anthropologist (2016) vol. 16 : It has been emphasized before that though the Greek origin theory of Malanis mentioned above caters only to popular appeal, with a few words of 'Kanashi', physical features of the people and the bicameral political structure present in ...


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During the Ptolemaic Period [305 BC–30 BC], there was Greek rulership over the land of Egypt. The Greeks were familiar with icosahedra. They were described by Plato, a 5th century BC Greek philosopher and mathematician, as one of the Platonic Solids. The earliest icosahedra dice found in Egypt had Greek inscriptions. For example: This die, now in The Met ...


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The discovery is detailed in Hiding in Plain Sight: The Discovery of a New Monumental Structure at Petra, Jordan, Using WorldView-1 and WorldView-2 Satellite Imagery Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research No. 375 (May 2016), pp. 35-51 (alternative official link) "Building" is not the best word, but yes, ruins of buildings have been discover. ...


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The Moai, better known as the Easter Island Statues, were carved sometime between 1250 and 1500 CE. This is after the colonization of the Island by the Rapa Nui people, which occurred sometime between 300 and 1200 CE. The Rapa Nui are the aboriginal Polynesian inhabitants of Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean. The easternmost Polynesian culture, the ...


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This is not true. Most of Palenque has been thoroughly surveyed, mapped and documented. While not all areas have been excavated, there has been extensive analysis of the settlement. Exploration Palenque is considered a medium-sized site. It was surveyed and mapped in 2000 through a project called the Palenque Mapping Project (PMP): Completed in August ...


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Evidence: The Sphinx is a natural rock formation in the Bucegi Natural Park located at an altitude of 2,216 metres (7,270 ft) which is in the Bucegi Mountains of Romania. It is also true that the area contains a variety of caves and caverns. Claim explanation: The claim of Holographic library (Holographic control panels) of the Earth's past history under ...


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Adding to Articuno's answer, the reason no remains of the type have been found is because adult hominids taller than (about) 9 feet simply can't exist. It's about physics: If you double the height of any being, its surface area quadruples, and its volume triples. While lengths scale linearly (x), areas scale quadratically (x^2) and volumes scale cubically (...


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