But starting from about the s, paleoanthropologists turned to the view that human beings first evolved in the next era, the Pleistocene 2. The older evidence, Cremo and Thompson say, was never shown bad; it was just reinterpreted in such a way as to rule out tertiary humans. So what Cremo and Thompson have done is "comb the early literature in great—indeed impressive—detail"  and argue, on the basis of their historical study, "that the old arguments were never satisfactorily disproved and should be reconsidered with open minds". Cremo and Thompson fail to take account of this, he says, and seem to want to accord equal value to all finds.
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The foreword to The Hidden History of the Human Race was written by Graham Hancock, which is an interesting comment on both his scholarship and the nature of the book. Once again, he demonstrates a faith in the anomalous to topple orthodoxy. Not only is it not their own work and, to their credit, at no point do they claim it is , it is also predominantly nineteenth-century in date. They cite examples of anatomically modern human skeletons excavated from deposits of Tertiary date in other words, from about 60 million to 2 million years ago , quoting the scientific papers in which the discoveries were first announced.
They mention out-of-place artefacts objects that appear to be of human manufacture found in deposits that appear to be geological , although in many cases, these come not from peer-reviewed scientific journals but from more popular accounts, sometimes even from newspapers. The evidence is all carefully documented and referenced in Forbidden Archeology, which is what makes it unusual among fringe publications.
At the same time, it is through following up the references that the claims are most easily disproved. For instance, anatomically modern human burials in Tertiary strata were excavated before the principles of archaeological stratigraphy were fully understood; they were certainly not understood in even a rudimentary fashion by the excavators of these burials.
The fact remains that, if these burials were really found in strata tens of millions of years old, more would have been found in the twentieth century. Some would have been subjected to scientific dating techniques. None have ever been reported, except by those committed to particular usually religious viewpoints; many have been exposed as crude hoaxes.
Essentially, they are Hindu fundamentalist creationists whose reading of the Vedic literature of India has convinced them that humanity is a great deal older than conventional science will allow. This is precisely the opposite of the Christian fundamentalist creationists who nevertheless use the same evidence to back up their claims for a humanity little more than 6, years old! This highlights one of the principal flaws in this body of evidence: its interpretation is uncertain because the quality of the original data is poor.
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