|Édouard Lartet, Louis Lartet primatology|
- Édouard Lartet, fascinated with fossils,
- found countless fossilized mammal bones
- digging in Sansan Hill in Gascony,
- including the first fossil anthropoid jawbone
- of the species named Pliopithecus antiquus
- leading to the conjecture
- that early apes and humans
- lived together far back in time.
- Édouard and his son, Louis, excavated a cave
- near Aurignac in southern France
- where human bones had been found in a rabbit hole
- and found more human bones
- associated with the bones of extinct animals.
- The idea that we used to eat
- mammals that have become extinct
- was too strange for people to accept readily
- but then Louis discovered
- bones of humans buried purposefully
- with stone tools and perforated shells and animal teeth,
- among scattered bones of lion, reindeer, and mammoth,
- under an outcropping of rock
- near Les Eyzes in the Dordogne,
- in an area known as Cro-Magnon.
A place in time
- A dot on the horizon of the ocean
- was an ocean liner.
- Far back in time
- was a home we used to live in
- during a childhood we cannot remember.
- Anatomically modern humans
- lived and died beside extinct mammals
- well before the stories in Genesis.
- What kind of myth is this
- excavated from the floors of caves?
- Obviously, these people could not have been
- as smart as we are today.