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Elongated skulls could belong to new species

A graveyard of 3,000-year-old skeletons with elongated skulls was discovered on the Paracus Peninsula in Peru by archaeologist Julio Tello in 1928. A recent announcement made by Paracas Museum assistant director, researcher, and author Brien Foerster regarding these skulls has resulted in scientific controversy.

While it has previously been speculated that the elongated skulls were the result of cranial deformation, recent studies have shown that these skeletons may belong to an entirely new species. One way to tell that a skull is human is whether or not the skull in question has retained the original volume of a human skull. The first indication that these skulls from Peru may belong to a new species is the fact that the Paracas skulls are 2.5 times the volume of the average human skull.

In addition, DNA testing of hair, teeth, and bone from five of the skulls has revealed DNA mutations that have never been seen in humans, primates, or any other animal; some have even entertained the idea that the skulls may be an extraterrestrial species. The implications of this discovery are enormous, although further studies will need to be conducted before the origin of this species can be verified.

Source: Collective-Evolution

Nye and Ham debate evolution versus creationism

In a highly watched event, the well-known scientist Bill Nye faced off with the creationist CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis-U.S. and the Creation Museum Ken Ham in a debate pitting science against religion. The debate happened in Ham’s museum in Petersburg, Kentucky and included serious debate on the topic of evolution versus creationism.

Nye brought evidence in the form of fossils, pictures of glaciers, and even rock from underneath the museum to argue his case for why the Earth is actually billions of years old. Nye emphasized that science depends on predictions and evidence.

Ham, on the other hand, used his interpretation of the Bible to argue for his case that the Earth was formed a few thousand years ago and that all life forms descended from an initial 10,000 different species. Ham’s point — which might seem absurd to those that are part of the scientific community — has validity because the crux of the creationism argument lies on the fundamental idea that historical science, or science about the past, can never be proven and is always up to interpretation.

Source: The Huffington Post