……that this news will get the Fundies' collective knickers into a major twist.
From National Geographic:
Humans 80,000 Years Older Than Previously Thought?
Modern humans may have evolved more than 80,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to a new study of sophisticated stone tools found in Ethiopia.
The tools were uncovered in the 1970s at the archaeological site of Gademotta, in the Ethiopian Rift Valley. But it was not until this year that new dating techniques revealed the tools to be far older than the oldest known Homo sapien bones, which are around 195,000 years old.
Using argon-argon dating—a technique that compares different isotopes of the element argon—researchers determined that the volcanic ash layers entombing the tools at Gademotta date back at least 276,000 years.
Very. Very. Cool.
Here's hoping that in the Obama age we all can embrace these findings instead of fighting them in the same way the they fought against the evidence that the earth revolved around the sun, or that the earth was not, in fact, flat.
/slaps side of head with hand.