Episode 51: Ambiguity

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5 Responses to Episode 51: Ambiguity

  1. Jim P says:

    I am not sure why you state “we’ve” been here for about 10,000 years. I always thought it was nearer 200,000 – 400,000 years, What makes you say it’s 10,000 years Alan? That’s a huge amount of evolution in 10,000 years.

  2. Alan Weiss says:

    Good question. There’s a great deal of debate about modern humans’ original appearance. I’ve seen estimates from 25,000 years ago to 100,000 years. I was merely being metaphorical in the video, to show the great difference between our own egos and the actual reign of the dinosaurs, which would still be in charge if it weren’t for a meteor hitting the Yucatan. No matter what figure you put on it, it’s a relative drop in the bucket.

  3. Peter McLean says:

    I’ve always been told by historians/professors of history that modern recorded history is estimated to go back about 10,000 years at the most, as reflected in ancient Egyptian and Middle Eastern civilisations. The rest is archaeologically/anthropologically derived. Thus, estimates of the age of cave paintings by Australian aboriginals and other aboriginal populations go back much further, but there is no formal history or record of their societies attached to them.

    So your comments would be appropriate in reference to modern human societies.

  4. Alan Weiss says:

    Thanks, Peter.

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