Friday, January 13, 2006

Taung Child Killed By Eagles 2 Million Years Ago

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Scientists now think the famous Taung child, one of the earliest humanoid fossils, was killed by huge hunting eagles. The eagle is, to this day, an emblem of celestial executive powers.

From Xinhuanet:
A South African anthropologist said Thursday his research into the death nearly 2 million years ago of an ape-man shows human ancestors were hunted by birds.

"These types of discoveries give us real insight into the past lives of these human ancestors, the world they lived in and the things they feared," Lee Berger, a paleo-anthropologist at Johannesburg's University of Witwatersrand, said as he presented his conclusions about a mystery that has been debated since the remains of the possible human ancestor known as the Taung child were discovered in 1924.
We started out as the smaller, weaker branch of the Great Apes. 5 million years ago, all the apes could walk upright, then the gorillas and chimpanzees reverted to frequent fourlegged ground walking but falling back onto their knuckles, unlike all other monkeys which universally walk on the forearms flat handed. Many animals evolved into walking on the fingertips or in the case of horses, deer, antelope and cattle, on the fingernails.

But the only knucklewalkers in nature are our nearest relatives.

Eagles don't hunt in jungles, they can't fly in and out easily. They soar high overhead and using their special magnifying telescopic vision, they can spot small animals from great distances, this evolved hunting on the great savannahs and plains. Early humanoids were chased out of the jungles and ventured further and further into hostile territory, using their hands to carry what pitiful weapons they could grasp, rocks and sticks, which they used to beat off predators and incidentally, kill each other.

Mythology preserves the idea of eagles carrying off people. Like Zeus carrying off Granymede. and Prometheus' punishment to be devoured by eagles for daring to give humans the power to make fire which, incidentally, protected humans from eagles back around a million years ago.

Emblem of power and fear, eagles probably have haunted our dreams since the very beginning which is why a sudden shadow causes one to pause and look up in alarm.
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