Australopithecus Sediba

May Be Related

To Homo Sapiens



In an article in Science Magazine the explorations of Lee Berger, digging in a South African Cave, gave light to a new 2 million year old fossil Australopithecus sediba. Having apelike and human features, international team of researchers are baffled because A sediba’s teeth suggest that this hominid evolved into Homo sapiens, but has no links to earlier East African ancestors like Australopithecus afarensis (3.75 myo, LUCY). A sediba has longer arms, suited for hanging from trees, with a narrow apelike upper rib cage, but humanlike lower rib cage. Keep tuned in! Recently I400 Bce Tomb Uncovered In Egypt On the West Bank of the Nile, in a cemetery for noblemen, in Luxor, the Egyptian city of ancient pharaohs, another 3500, year old mummy was discovered. Khaled El Anani, Antiquities Minister of Egypt said the tomb belonged to a royal goldsmith buried with his wife and a smaller figure, one of his sons. El-Anani reported to the public that the work of archaeologists goes on and encouraged tourists to visit Egypt.

The Crypt of Jesus now Dated 345 CE



New evidence indicates that Christian Roman Emperor Constantine ordered the limestone Crypt of Jesus to be enshrined in 345 CE. Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre is where Jesus is thought to be buried. Recently, experts, after extensive analysisdeemed the Crypt inneed of dire repair. By October, 2016 The National Technical University of Athens was elected to restore the shrine. Tests on the limestone, relying on “optically stimulated luminescence”, determined the date of the sediment, by when it was last exposed to light, 345 CE. National Geographic was invited to film the entire restoration process. Prior to this determination, the Crypt was thought to be no older than 1,000 years old.

Why Climate Change Creates Natural Disasters

For years earth’s climate has been gradually getting warmer. Ice caps are melting and NASA has revealed that storms, hurricanes, and typhoons are expected to intensify as the earth gets warmer. It appears that decreasing differences in temperature between the poles and the equator is a major factor. Because of the increase of heat in our oceans, water evaporates more rapidly, thus providing fuel that generates more fierce storms. With humidity, any storm that does develop has greater potential to develop into an intense storm. In the past, because our northern oceans had colder waters, southern storms were stopped in their tracks. While one side of the world is experiencing storms, the other may be experiencing droughts. Although the droughts and hurricanes appear to be opposites, they stem from the same source, "increased humidity". Solution, use less fossil fuels

What Ice Age Did 12,000 BCE to Derinkuyu

Back in 12,000 BCE in Gobekli Tepe, Turkey, hunters and gatherers were making shish kebob, as climate changes were taking place. Between 10,800 and 10,000 years ago, their ice age, they were wiped out. Another underground site at Derinkuyu between Kaiseri and Nevsehir, (see Museum Newsletter, Spring 2015) had a population of 20,000 people, all wiped out. New archaeological excavations reveal that these Homo sapiens ancestors were dispopulated due to the encroaching ice age.

Ancient Cave City in Armenia, Still In Use In 1950

Old Khndzoresk, in southeastern Armenia was a multi-level village built into the volcanic rocks. Folklore has two accounts for the name:” khnzor” means apple, possibly because of apple trees growing there, or “khor dzor” meaning “deep canyon” The area was occupied by Armenians for over 1000 years until 1950. Excavations suggest that it was the largest village in eastern Armenia. It housed 8,300 residents in 1800 homes, stacked upon one another, the foot of one house was the yard of the resident above. Seven schools, four churches and over 30 shops. They traveled to and from their homes to the village through a series of hidden tunnels or using ropes to climb to higher levels. In 1958 the residents of Khndzoresk moved out to higher grounds, some say the village was devastated by an earthquake in the 1930’s. Others claim, residents were forced out by the Soviet leaders in order to process the rocks for building materials. Dating the site is questionable, however written records indicate that back in the 13th Century, the village was required to pay taxes to the Tatev Monastery. Tatev Monastery is located in southeastern Armenia, in the area of ancient Armenian Syunik, 280 km away from Yerevan. Tatev Monastery was established in the 9th century and tourists still visit the area. About Black Holes According to the latest research based on theories by Einstein, Newton and Swartzchild , black holes have nothing in them but gravity. Yet, It has been seen that black holes throw out jets of high speed particles at almost the speed of light from it’s poles along it’s spin axis. Since a black hole has so strong a gravitational field inside the Schwartzschild radius that nothing (not even photons) can escape, how come these material particles escape and what force accelerates them to such high speed? Keep tuned in!

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At A Glance

❶ The Board of Trustees of the Anthropology/
Armenian Museum welcomes Lucine Tegnazian as a new member of the board.
❷ The Onassis foundation has informed the Museum that our “Ladies From Your Past” exhibit featuring over 200 famous women, who have made important contributions throughout history, will be placed on their schedule and displayed.
❸ Armenians prefer Armenians...true...Since
Hayk (2492 BCE) genetic studies indicate that
Armenian DNA has little or no admixture for the
past 4000 years according to Science Magazine’s
Genetic Atlas of Human Admixture.
❹ The Anthropology/Armenian Museum is making arrangements to visit Theodore Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, L.I. In the Spring of 2018. Date and information TBA.
❺ Also in the works is a long weekend (4-5 days)
trip to Cuba in the Fall of 2017.
❻ Dr. Margaret Mead about our Museum.
“This is a very worthwhile project- a museum where the many varied peoples of New York can learn about themselves, their past, their present-and address themselves to their future. Mrs. Kyrkostas has been making forward looking plans, which take advantage of the interest of the local civic leaders and of local facilities. I strongly recommend support.”
7. Hemshin a community of Armenians who
became Muslims. During the 7th Century, Arab
invasions of Armenia, and eventual second class
treatment many converted, but kept their traditional Armenian culture. Today, around 250,000 live in Turkey, Russia and Georgia.
❽ Let us all remember the Four Freedoms by Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Speech, Religion, Want and Fear.
❾ The legend of the Vasilopita celebrates St
Basil’s (William) birthday, who saved a towns
dilemma when valuables were found after they
stolen from the people of Caesaria. Not knowing
what belonged to who, he suggested to the women to bake the pita bread with all the jewels inside. When he cut the pita, miraculously each owner received the right valuable. Today, one
coin is placed and the person receiving it has
good luck all year.