Monday, April 10, 2006

A couple of days back, my friend had pinged me this URL that talks about the Adam's bridge between India and Sri Lanka, and drawing parallels with hindu mythology. Here's an excerpt from the article.

The legends as well as Archeological studies reveal that the first signs of human inhabitants in Sri Lanka date back to the a primitive age, about 1,750,000 years ago and the bridge's age is also almost equivalent. This information is a crucial aspect for an insight into the mysterious legend called Ramayana, which was supposed to have taken place in tretha yuga (more than 1,700,000 years ago).

Let us ignore the irritating , if not pointless beginning argument put forward in the beginning of the page, and instead move on to the scientific aspect.

Point 1: Homo Sapiens evolved 200,000 years back from Homo Erectus.
Point 2: 1.75 million years back, we only had Homo Erectus and Homo Habilis, and neither of these species was in Asia.
Point 3: The earliest hominid settlements in Asia(with the current archeological evidences) are only about 500,000 years back.

Accpeted, none of this implies that there was no human intelligence 1.75 million years back, but then the species that Rama belonged to couldn't have been Homo Sapiens. And gosh, imagine what it takes for two species to obtain the same morphological characterisitics.

Well, what can I say!


Source Pharyngula

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

you mean ramayana is false?

Vaidya said...

Why are u so obsessed with science.??

Science is as bad as history when it comes to projecting facts...

One says and rest of the herd applauds..

-mani