Tsunamis in the past were stronger, bigger and more catastrophic than the ones we experience today. This calamity could wipe out an entire population in an instance and until today, people are still not aware of how a tsunami forms and how it ravages the coastlines.
Thousands of years ago, tsunamis were already causing havoc among populations across the globe. A new evidence shows that a 6-000-year-old skull unearthed in Papua New Guinea in 1929 belongs to an ancient person and now, the oldest known tsunami victim in the world.
The Aitape skull was discovered in 1929.
The Aitape skull, which was named after a small coastal town in the north of Papua New Guinea, where it was found, was discovered by an Australian geologist named Paul Hossfeld. Since its discovery, the skull was the center of many studies and researchers to reveal the circumstances that resulted in it ending in the area.
Mark Golitko of the University of Notre Dame and the Field Museum of Natural History, said in a statement:
“The skull has always been of great archaeological interest because it is one of the few early skeletal remains from the area.”
“It was originally thought that the skull belonged to Homo erectus until the deposits were more reliably radiocarbon dated to about 3500 to 7000 years old. At that time, sea levels were higher and the area would have been near the coast.”
The researchers studied the sediments where the old skull was found.
These showed hallmarks of a tsunami, with a composition similar to the remnants and remains of the deadly tsunami in the area in 1998.
The study, which was published in the journal PLoS ONE, shows that the area where the skull was discovered, was swamped by high-energy marine incursion on more than one occasion. The evidence is supported by the fact that Papua New Ginuea has active tectonics.
Papua New Guinea experienced a catastrophic tsunami in 1998.
Also, the team found that the sediment, which included its geochemical composition, has a range of microscopic organisms from the ocean, similar to those found in the soil after the catastrophic 1998 tsunami in the same area.
Professor James Goff, first author, and UNSW Sydney scientist added:
“After considering a range of possible scenarios, we believe that, on the balance of the evidence, the individual was either killed directly in the tsunami or was buried just before it hit and the remains were redeposited.”
The researchers concluded that the skull belonged to a person, who is now considered the earliest tsunami victim.
Experts Think They Found The Remains Of The Real Noah’s Ark
Researchers might have just discovered where the Noah’s ark landed after the great flood.
The Bible is a rich source of historical accounts of religious figures. As the stories in the sacred book happened a couple of centuries ago, there are actually only little ways to prove that they really happened.
The world has been obsessed on finding evidences to see if the things recorded in the Bible are real. First, researchers tried to locate the cross where Jesus was nailed, then came the search for the remains of biblical characters. But the latest exploration happening around the biblical investigation is the hunt for the Noah’s ark remains.
Expert's claim they just found remnants of Noah's Ark on this mountain in Turkey.
CIA Files And Photos Of Hitler Might Prove That He Survived World War II
Has Hitler really faked his death and is still possibly alive? CIA declassified files claim so.
Theories on the death one of the world’s most notorious war criminal, Adolf Hitler, has long been debated by conspiracy theorists and historians. But the myths are once again arousing historical curiosity while the declassified JFK assassination files are being dragged out.
Despite the Western Powers announcing the suicide of Adolf Hitler on April 30, 1945, conspiracy theorists just can’t stop talking about the claims that the Nazi dictator did in fact survived World War II. And to support the claim, a series of declassified CIA files containing evidence that Hitler did not die was revealed to the public on their website.
Conspiracy theories on Adolf Hitler's death are up once again.
13 Famous People And Their Last Words In History
Even on deathbed, these people made every second count by uttering a few words that would be remembered forever.
Have you ever wondered what would be your last words before you die? Would you be content with just a somber silence? Would you spend your last breath in this world telling your family how much you love them? Would you curse your worst enemy with your dying breath?
Below is a list of famous people who uttered some pretty iconic last words that would be forever remembered in the history.