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WHEN palaeontologists construct a web of postulations on our origins after finding a piece of jawbone with a few teeth stuck in it, or some skull fragments, I get a bit nervous.
What if the specimen was a deformed Stone-Age Barnum and Bailey circus hit?
Academic rivalries are every bit as vicious as those in business, and most of us would like to be famous. There is also a lot of money in “heritage tourism”.
Now an Arizona professor has found “scientific evidence” that mankind originated in a cave below Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay.
These “600 to 700 people” 165 000 years ago “were likely the only survivors of the Ice Age”, and they then spread throughout the world.
Oh, and the bay shellfish rich in omega 3 helped their brains develop.
Dit lyk vir my julle ouens van Sterkfontein is nie meer so sterk nie, as all other evidence on early man apparently dates back a mere 45 000 to 70 000 years.
An article in South Magazine, the glossy on Garden Route life, advocates a heritage centre as a tourist attraction. It says Bartolomeu Dias rounded the Cape in 1652 (!!) and was the first to enter Mossel Bay. That happened in 1488, duckie, and he would have been a spook by 1652.
Anyway, spooks are good for tourism too.