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Daka Member-The Missing Link to Human Existence?!?

Added: Thursday, October 21st 2010 at 10:56am by xlaoblog
 
 
 

It is in our human nature to feed the needs of our curiosity.  Human are inquisitive beings and it is only natural for human to ask about the origin of the human race.  Where, when, and how the human race comes into existence?  It is these questions that convince many people--those from the academia such as anthropologists and evolutionists, and   those that are from the religious world such as pastors--to devote their lives to search for the answer.  Religion and science have always been archrivals ever since the birth of science.  Back in the days, people would get killed when found to believe in the work of science, contrary to the text of the religion.  In an academia, the 'Big Bang Theory' still holds as a valid explanation to the origin of Earth, and 'the theory of evolution' still holds as a valid explanation to the origin of thehuman race.  In the religious world, 'GOD' is the answer to everything.  Science and religion will never comes to an agreement, despite many concrete evidences provided by scientists.  I mean, a religious person, may acknowledge that 'Big Bang Theory' and 'the theory of evolution', but may still argues that it was 'GOD' who initiated the 'Big Bang' and 'evolution'; thus technically, 'GOD' is the driving force for the existence of life.  Let's not get carried away from the main topic of this blog; since I am a student in a university, then that means that I am in an academia, thus I am going to approach these questions through the eyes of science. 

Despite the fact that I am not a student in the scientific field, specifically focus on answering these questions, I am still quite interesting about the work of these scientists; thus I attended an anthropology forum, " The Daka Member: homo erectus in Africaā€¯, presented by Professor Henry Gilbert at California State University at Chico on October 14, 2010.  After finishing my last class for that day at 3:50 pm, I walked across campus, from Langdon Hall to Ayars Hall.  When I arrived at Ayars 120, there are a lot of people in the room already.  I could see the anticipation in their faces.  The majority of the people who were present at the forum is students.  I walked in the room, and took a seat in the fourth row.  The classroom is designed like a theatre, where the rows of seats gets higher ground as you go towards the back of the room. I think this is the best arrangement of the room for this particular setting because it set the focal point at the speaker, in this case Professor Gilbert. 

Professor Henry Gilbert got his PhD in Integrative Biology in 2003 from University of California, Berkeley.  After that, he continued on with his postdoctoral scholar in Human Evolutionary for the next two years at UC Berkeley.  He is now currently a professor in the Department of Anthropology, at CSUC, East Bay.  He is currently the Director for Kesem Kebena Project.  He was involved in the Daka project in 2003. 

After Professor Gilbert introduced himself to the class, he began his presentation.  Professor Gilbert spoke in a low tone and most of the time, spoke very fast.  Throughout his presentation, I was able to catch bits of factual information.  I found out that in 1950, Ernst Mayr established that " pithecantrous erectus" and "sinanthropus" were the same species.  He also established that they were all from the genus Homo, which is later dubbed Homo erectus.  There are two lineage lines that coexisted side by side.  There is the Australopithecus lineage and Homo lineage.  In a time history graph, anthropologists began to discover tools such as stone tools right along where the two lineages split.  In Professor Gilbert's project of the Daka member--which is named after the"elephant shape-like" landscape where the Daka, which means "elephant" in the native language of Etohpia, member was found.  Professor Gilbert and his team of field workers, found fossils of 1 cranium and 3 femurs.  They also found fossil of animals that once lived during that time.  The fossils were estimated to be around 2.5 million years old. 

Professor Gilbert also told the class about the different method they've used to classify the cranium.  I didn't catch much of it because I was too busy indulging myself in the computer model/depiction of the animals that once lived in that particular area during that time.  The conclusion of the Daka member finding doesn't support the homo erectus evolutionary hypothesis: (1) African homo erectus and Asian homo erectus are distinct class and (2) early Arican homo erectus (ergaster) is a closer sister to more advance Homo than is Asian homo eructus. 

In conclusion, I found the presentation to be interesting, but hard to digest.  Nonetheless, I think that being an anthropologist may be the most intriguing profession to have.  Being a anthropologist allows you to feed your curiosity of searching   the origin of the human race, and at the same time, you get to be a 'treasure hunter'--digging up human remnants.  The thought of not knowing what you've find is quite exhilarating.  I don't really want to overwhelm you with all fancy terms of the different species, class, and genus like how I was overwhelmed by them during the presentation. Below is some pictures of the remnants of a jaw, skull, and an animal found in   Daka project.

                                                       

If you want to see more, please feel free to indulge yourself to the pictures of the remnants that were found during the Daka project by clicking on the link below.

http://middleawash.berkeley.edu/middle_awash/specimen_db/results.php

User Comments

Excellent! Thanks.

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really cool :)

I humbly agree....science and religion might never come to an agreement....but I think it is in fact not contradictory to each other...but complimentary...

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