Posted August 25, 2012 by Jon Burrows in Products & Tech

Oldest Human Bones Found In Asia

Latest Discovery: Oldest Human Bones Found In Asia

It is truly amazing to think about the power of bones, much in the same way that the popular tv show (which bears the same name) demonstrates; bones not only serve a great purpose in our everyday lives as a part of our anatomy and to solve murder mysteries and homicides, but they too can tell us about history and the lives of those who have been dead for thousands upon thousands of years. Many people know that bones are useful to collect information and identify those from the past, as well as can help make discoveries about species that are now extinct. However, even more fascinating and surprising is that bones nowadays can reveal a link to human being’s heritage to the beginning of time. Or, the beginning of “our time” as a species, anyway. Recent evidence now reveals that the oldest human bones are located on the Asian continent, and are being used to trace our species back to ancestral African roots.

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The discovery of the remnants of a skull from Ta Pa Ping in Northern Laos, also known as “the Cave of the Monkeys,” has provided a solution to an age-old mystery. The skull supports a theory that skeptics have been pointing out for some time, and that theory is the one which says that 60,000 years ago humans from Africa migrated to Southeast Asia. Evidence that humans evolved in Africa 200,000 years ago has since been confirmed, however migration to Southeast Asia from Africa had not yet been proven. Now, because of Ta Pa Ping’s discovery, all this has changed.

Knowledge of the types of bones discovered, which clarifies that the migration theory is true, is determined by the shape of the skull remnants. It is clear that there is no connection between the extinct lineage of Neanderthals, although some may originally had considered this a possibility.

Other interesting aspects of the theory that the skull reveals are the specific areas that these modern humans traveled to. The fact that these humans traveled to Laos is a new concept for archeologists, who originally did not come to this conclusion before. However, previously there were ideas of other places that are considered part of the migration route, including the Indian and Southeast Asian coastline, as well as into Indonesia and Australasia. Australasia at that time was a single continent, which when divided up into sections in our modern day consists of: Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Islands in the area. Essentially, it came as a surprise that this migration route extended into the mountains to include Laos, because the species was not expected to venture into that areas consisting of Laos, Vietnam nor Thailand.

So the next time a scientist says, “I have a bone to pick with you,” chances are it’s going be one heck of a conversation. Not to mention, if you don’t watch out you could be the next one to get your DNA tested for their own personal diagnosis. Nobody knows what archaeologists might find out next, when, or how, but one thing is for sure: The next discovery is going to unveil some extraordinary news, and hopefully solve the most intriguing of mysteries.

Jon Burrows

An exclusive writer for Geek Smash, Jon hails from Mississippi and has a passion for music, comic-books, and writing. He collects antique cars and enjoys shooting handguns. Jon sings in his church choir, volunteers his time helping the Salvation Army at local events and doubles as Santa during Christmas season.