A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Peter Fogg
Date: 2004 Dec 19, 05:53 +1100
Alexandre Eremenko wrote, on 19 November 2004
Subject: Re: Nautical Mile, was: Why is a sextant like it is?
among other things:
Thanks for your interesting info”
“Is there indeed any evidence of seas crossings
at these ancient times?”
The archaeological discoveries Trevor was alluding
to come from the Indonesian
The archaeological digs on Flores have uncovered the bones of pygmy elephants, komodo dragons (still to be found on a nearby island) and the remains of a people described as "hobbits", presumed to be related to ‘Homo erectus’. The earliest date for human involvement now goes back 800,000 years. These "hobbits" only died out fairly recently, bones have been recovered that are 18,000 years old. They stood about a metre tall with very long arms. The implication is that these archaic humans were a lot smarter than has been assumed; able to communicate well, work co-operatively, and build sea-going craft. "It wasn't just a pregnant woman on a log" says Australian archaeologist Douglas Hobbs.
(since this was written – this is the fourth attempt to post this on the Navigation List – the international journal ‘Science’ has decided, in its top ten list of yearly discoveries and developments, to give the “hobbits” of Flores second place, after the Mars discoveries)