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History, legends and myths (3)

Planet Earth is c.4.5 billion years old (eg, NatGeo). Earliest lifeforms are c.3.7 billion years old (eg, Smithsonian). The oldest human fossils are some 7 million years old. The oldest human writing is some 5 thousand years old. Temperature recording began less than 400 years ago (eg, NASA).

Notwithstanding the above, scientists continue to write about Earth’s hottest 12 months on record. They never mention that our temperature data only cover less than 4 hundred years of the 4.5 billion years (ie, 0.022%). We have no data for about 99.98% of Earth’s history.

There is evidence of forests on the North Pole (eg, ScienceDirect-2020) and on the South Pole (eg, Nature-2020). Nevertheless, scientists continue to claim that the melting of polar caps is extraordinary. From a geological point of view, the melting of polar caps is common in interglacial periods.

source: Wikipedia

Human records only cover about 7,000 years.

From c.20,000 to about 7,000 years ago, sea levels rose by 120140 meters (c.400 feet).

The post-glacial sea level rise happened after the Last Glacial Maximum of c.26,000 years ago.

Apart from human fossils, we have little to no clue about what happened before the Last Glacial Period, from c.115,000 to c.11,700 years ago.

Akkadian translations of Sumerian cuneiform writing do mention older unknown civilizations. I was reminded of this when I noticed this very interesting article: Massive Indonesian Pyramid with ‘Hidden Chambers’ Was Likely Built Before the Dawn of Civilization, New Research Reveals.

The dating of the Gunung Padang giant megalithic structure in Indonesia has been a scientific controversy for decades. This ageing debate is far worse than the ageing debate on the Egyptian pyramids. Often, the debate is simple: did the building start before or after the Last Glacial Period ?

Nearly always, scientists claim that “ancient masonry structures” were built during the last 7,000 years. Once you will see Gunung Padang, you will realize that such dating is absurd. Please see episode 1 of this Netflix documentary but disregard Graham Hancock’s comments.

To my surprise, Graham Hancock does not even mention the Sumerians in that Netflix documentary, nor the Sumerian King List. Latter appears to cover a period of 241,200 years before the Great Flood started (Wiki). Hence, they lived along the Neanderthal (c.800,000 / c.300,0000 to c.40,000 years ago).

The above always reminds me of this quote:

“And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years, the ring passed out of all knowledge.”

quote from the novel The Lord of the Rings (1954) by author J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973)

Now And Then (2023) by The Beatles
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Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.

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