Monday, January 16, 2012

Fishing in Germany

The Reuters headline for Jan. 14, 2012 reads: “Fishy find shows humans skilled anglers 42,000 years ago.” Worse yet, the story opened with the assertion that “fish hooks and fishbones dating back 42,000 years found in a cave in East Timor suggest that humans were capable of skilled, deep-sea fishing 30,000 years earlier than previously thought….”

Than who thought? Is someone suggesting humans only took to fishing 12,000 years ago? That’s going to shock the seafarers who got to Australia 60,000 years ago.

Guys, you can ignore the demographics and the physiology all you want, but homo sapiens have always been fishermen; it’s what separated us from the rest of the primates (and possibly hominins). Haven’t you figured that out yet? You still stuck on the savannah myth?

Oh sure. And the folks trudged across the Bering Land Bridge, too. You still believe that?

Anyway, good to be on top of it, Reuters.

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