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Hominid Tools; Giant Gemstones Maybe? A Science Discovery in India


http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-02-01/mystery-surrounds-ancient-but-advanced-tools-found-in-india/9379078?section=science#lightbox-content-lightbox-10 (Supplied: Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, India)

Archeologists are mystified by recent discovery of a series of stone tools found in Attirampakkam, India. Researchers are unsure about the creators of these sharp-edgy collection.

The large collection poses a challenge to the existing prehistoric discoveries about places and movements of humans. Belinda Smith from ABC Science reported that in the Nature, International Science Journal, the discovery of more than  7000 tools showed advanced or more skilled techniques of shaping in these stones.

Shaping techniques such as these dates back to 350,000 years. Researchers say the tools may have been made by an archaic species of hominin, rather than modern humans – but this is not confirmed yet, so it poses quite a few discussions and arguments about the existence of humans and the stone makers.

What if a bunch of giant women were sitting around making their stone jewellery and left these ‘beads’ or their ‘gemstones’?

Okay, no jokes, I do love Science and seriously, this is an interesting discovery.

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(Supplied: Sharma Centre for Heritage Education, India)

 

Xanadu’s Dragon Heads – Science Discoveries


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A colorful dragon head made of clay was found in a palace at Xanadu. Credit: Photo courtesy Chinese Cultural Relics

The remains of three colorful dragon heads made of clay have been discovered in a huge palace in Xanadu, a city constructed by the grandsons of Genghis Khan. Scientists reported that the dragons were made of fine, red, baked clay and were attached to the ends of beams and used as decoration. They “are lifelike and dynamic” and “have yellow, blue, white and black coloring” glazed on them, researchers wrote.

The palace where the dragon heads were discovered, sprawls over 9,000 square meters (about 100,000 square feet), or nearly twice the floor space of the modern-day White House. Archaeologists have been excavating the palace, learning how it was designed and decorated.

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