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Comet

A comet 'wiped out highly advanced ancient civilisation after smashing into Earth nearly 13,000 years ago'

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Controversial: Hancock has found new evidence to support his theory
Graham Hancock argues an ancient culture in Antarctica was obliterated - but subjects such as astronomy and mathematics were passed to later civilisations.

The author of a controversial new book claims a comet struck the Earth nearly 13,000 years ago and wiped out a highly advanced ancient civilisation.

When Graham Hancock wrote Fingerprints of the Gods, it was derided by academics but became a commercial sensation.

He argued an ancient culture in Antarctica was obliterated - but subjects such as astronomy and mathematics were passed to later civilisations.

Despite selling an estimated 3m copies, a BBC Horizon programme sought to demolish his theory.

Paul V Heinrich, a US geologist, wrote: "Rather than stumbling upon an archaeological mystery, he has merely created one."

Sherlock

Neanderthals and humans did interbreed: 40,000-year-old bone found in Romania suggests species mingled in Europe

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A 40,000-year-old fossilied human jawbone discovered in Romania suggests that humans and Neanderthals (illustrated) continued breeding in Europe, after mingling in the Middle East
Anthropologists have long puzzled over how much contact Neanderthals had with modern humans and when this may have occurred.

Now a 40,000-year-old fossilied human jawbone discovered in Romania suggests that humans and Neanderthals continued breeding in Europe, after coming into contact in the Middle East.

DNA testing revealed a genome with between 4.8 and 11.3 per cent Neanderthal DNA.

Typically, between one and four per cent of modern humans' genes come from Neanderthals.

Neanderthals - a human sub-species distantly related to, but genetically different from, modern humans, or Homo sapiens - are thought to have moved from Africa to Europe and possibly Asia between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago.

Boat

Canada's ancient hunter-gatherers used advanced techniques to assist nature

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Simon Fraser University student Misha Puckett and Louie Wilson (Cape Mudge Band and Hakai Institute) excavate a shell midden associated with a clam garden that was built on a bedrock outcrop in a 2013 handout photo.
First Nations Coastal First Nations used advanced cultivation techniques to intensify clam harvest

The discovery of an expansive system of historic clam gardens along the Pacific Northwest coast is contributing to a growing body of work that's busting long-held beliefs about First Nations as heedless hunter-gatherers.

A team of researchers at Simon Fraser University has revealed that First Nations from Alaska to Washington state were marine farmers using sophisticated cultivation techniques to intensify clam production.

In an article published recently in the journal American Antiquity, lead author Dana Lepofsky argued that the findings counter the perception of First Nations living passively as foragers in wild, untended environments.

"Once you start calling someone a hunter-gatherer there's something implied ... about not really being connected to the land or sea and not needing much from it," she said. "Even if they aren't formal agricultural plots in the way that Europeans recognized, they were still cultivating the landscape."

Comment: How much cultural wisdom is missed when viewed with a narrow Western bias.


Blue Planet

Britain's greatest battle not Waterloo or D-Day, but Imphal-Kohima, India


A military cemetery in Kohima, India. Credit Gardiner Harris/The New York Times
Soldiers died by the dozens, by the hundreds and then by the thousands in a battle here 70 years ago. Two bloody weeks of fighting came down to just a few yards across an asphalt tennis court.

Night after night, Japanese troops charged across the court's white lines, only to be killed by almost continuous firing from British and Indian machine guns. The Battle of Kohima and Imphal was the bloodiest of World War II in India, and it cost Japan much of its best army in Burma.

But the battle has been largely forgotten in India as an emblem of the country's colonial past. The Indian troops who fought and died here were subjects of the British Empire. In this remote, northeastern corner of India, more recent battles with a mix of local insurgencies among tribal groups that have long sought autonomy have made remembrances of former glories a luxury.

Now, as India loosens its security grip on this region and a fragile peace blossoms among the many combatants here, historians are hoping that this year's anniversary reminds the world of one of the most extraordinary fights of the Second World War. The battle was voted last year as the winner of a contest by Britain's National Army Museum, beating out Waterloo and D-Day as Britain's greatest battle, though it was overshadowed at the time by the Normandy landings.

Comment: More about Imphal-Kohima [link].

India's contribution to the war effort was immense, and the cost appalling [link].

Churchill's policies caused the deaths of between 3.5 million and four million Indians in 1943 by diverting food from India to Europe. It is known as the Great Bengal Famine, and impacted the areas comprising present day Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Bangladesh.

Like Russia, which bore the brunt of the fighting in World War II, India's contribution proved crucial. By 1943 more than 2.5 million well-trained Indian soldiers were fighting alongside the Allies in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. Vast quantities of armaments, ammunition and raw materials sourced from across the country were shipped to Europe at no cost to Britain.

Cambridge University historians Tim Harper and Christopher Bayly describe in two volumes Forgotten Armies and Forgotten Wars that "it was Indian soldiers, civilian labourers and businessmen who made possible the victory of 1945."


Question

Mysterious stone circle discovered on Dartmoor could be older than Stonehenge

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Bronze Age Britain: Dartmoor was home to an astonishing ancient community.
Archaeologists have discovered a massive ancient stone circle on Dartmoor which could be older than Stonehenge.

The mysterious ruined structure is the first circle to be found on the moor for more than a century and is evidence the area was home to an advanced ancient civilisation.

Although the 30 stones fell down an estimated 4,000 years ago, they would once formed a forbidding circle standing 34 metres wide.

The newly-discovered henge is thought to have formed part of a "sacred arc" of stone circles around Dartmoor's north-eastern edge and is the highest rock ring in southern England.

There is evidence fires were lit inside these stones, suggesting our ancient ancestors used them for religious rites or feasting.

Pharoah

Egyptian mummies' height reveals incest

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Above is the mummified head of Egyptian pharaoh King Ahmose I, whose parents and grandparents were probably both sets of siblings.
The height of the pharaohs who ruled ancient Egypt supports historical records that they might have married their sisters and cousins, says new research into 259 mummies.

It's known from historical sources that incestuous marriages were common among the ancient Egyptian royalty. The pharaohs believed they descended from the gods so inbreeding was seen as a way to retain the sacred bloodline.

But it is hard to prove incest in royal marriages through genetic testings because of ethical consideration when destroying mummies' tissues.

Frank Rühli, director of the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine at the University of Zurich, and colleagues used a highly hereditable character, body height, to look for evidence of incest in 259 mummies of both commoners and royals.

"It is actually one of the largest collections of body height of ancient Egyptians and spans all major periods of their history," Rühli told Discovery News.

The researchers tested the hypothesis of royal incest by studying variation (difference between individuals) of body heights of royals and comparing it with variations among commoners.

Syringe

Were the UN, WHO and World Bank behind a Mexican depopulation campaign in 1974?

You could say the idea of the so-called "Population Bomb" may have actually exploded in 1974.

That was the year of the first World Population Conference in Bucharest. Effects of the 1973 oil crisis were being felt hard, with the price of oil quadrupled from $3 to nearly $12 a barrel. Oh, and speaking of war criminal Henry Kissinger, '74 was also the year of his infamous National Security Study Memorandum 200, which listed the "population problem" of unchecked growth in "LDCs" (less developed countries) as a potential risk to U.S. national security.

The document is dated April 24, 1974.

Concentration on this "problem" of how to reduce the population was planned for 13 key countries, including India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mexico, Indonesia, Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand, Egypt, Turkey, Ethiopia and Colombia. Of those, the document singled out Mexico as having one of the highest (and therefore, most worrisome) growth rates of all. The document read, "Perhaps the most significant population trend from the viewpoint of the United States is the prospect that Mexico's population will increase from 50 million in 1970 to over 130 million by the year 2000."

The newspapers had been sounding the alarm about Mexico's population bomb in the years leading up to 1974.

Comment: Vaccines aren't the only methods used by psychopathic elites to rid the world of what they consider to be 'useless eaters'. They have been using wars, famine, disease and any other means necessary in their depopulation projects.


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40,000 year old bracelet made by extinct human species found

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The Denisovan bracelet made of chlorite.
In what is quite an amazing discovery, scientists have confirmed that a bracelet found in Siberia is 40,000 years old. This makes it the oldest piece of jewelry ever discovered, and archeologists have been taken aback by the level of its sophistication.

The bracelet was discovered in a site called the Denisova Cave in Siberia, close to Russia's border with China and Mongolia. It was found next to the bones of extinct animals, such as the wooly mammoth, and other artifacts dating back 125,000 years.

The cave is named after the Denisovan people — a mysterious species of hominins from the Homo genus, who are genetically different from both Homo sapiens and Neanderthals.

We know that the Denisovans migrated out of Africa sometime after the first wave of Homo erectus, and well before us, Homo sapiens.

The Denisovans were unique in many ways, having branched away from other humanoid ancestors some 1 million years ago. Indeed, the recent discovery of a female Denisovan finger bone and various teeth, shows that they had no morphological similarities to either Neanderthals or modern humans.

However, tens of thousands of years later, and prior to becoming extinct, they did coexist with us and the Neanderthals for a period, and skeletal remains of hybrids, and genetic studies confirm that they also mated with our forebears and the Neanderthals.

Георгиевская ленточка

How the Soviets defeated the Nazis for the first time in WWII

Having quickly conquered most of Europe, the Nazi German army that arrived on the outskirts of the USSR's capital in autumn of 1941 appeared to be an unstoppable war machine. It was the Soviet troops at the Battle of Moscow who shattered this illusion.

In October 1941 Hitler launched an offensive on the Russian capital codenamed Operation Typhoon. It was supposed to crush Moscow in a so-called double pincer - two simultaneous attacks from the north and south.

The Soviet troops vigorously fought back, disrupting Hitler's plans for a quick operation. The Battle of Moscow eventually lasted through January 1942 and ended in the first battlefield defeat of the Nazi army.

The battle was one of the bloodiest and lethal struggles in world history and was later considered to be a decisive turning point in the fight against Nazi troops.


Comment: The USSR not only won the first victory, they also won the last: Restoration of Historical Truth: Russia Won World War II And they're fighting the same battle, virtually alone, today. Once again, part of Europe has succumbed to a pathocratic Nazi menace, fully supported by the United States. This time it's in Ukraine.


Video

Unique historic color video shows Berlin in July 1945

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New footage has emerged of Berlin in the aftermath of World War II. The video, filmed in July 1945, shows famous landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag in ruins as ordinary citizens try to go about their everyday lives.

The video, shot around two months after the city fell in 1945, shows the utter destruction the German capital underwent during WWII. Berlin had already been divided into four zones by the Allied powers, and signs in Russian had already begun to be erected in the Soviet sphere of influence.