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Big-Toothed Fossil May Be Primitive New Human

The first known prehistoric human from Taiwan has been identified and may represent an entirely new species that lived as recently as 10,000 years ago, according to a new study.

The newly discovered big-toothed human, “Penghu 1,” strengthens the growing body of evidence that Homo sapiens was not the only species from our genus living in Europe and Asia between 200,000 and 10,000 years ago.

Anthropologists have learned that Neanderthals, Denisovans and Homo floresiensis (a.k.a. the “Hobbit Human”) lived in Europe and Asia within that time frame. Penghu 1, which is described in the latest issue of Nature Communications, adds to that already impressive list and might have co-existed — and even interbred — with our species. Read more.

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On March 7, 2012, Neil deGrasse Tyson submitted a testimony to lawmakers in Washington during a hearing entitled “Priorities, Plans, and Progress of the Nation’s Space Program.” 

It was a compelling testimony on the past, present, and future of NASA, embodying a message which spoke for generations who’ve come and gone, and generations still to come. However meaningful and passionate Dr. Tyson’s words were (and still are), his voice was only communicated to lawmakers who already support a more robustly funded space program in America, while the politicians who needed to hear Tyson’s testimony didn’t even bother to show up.

Dr. Tyson’s words also were not broadcast for all to see. A local C-SPAN network was on hand, fortunately, to record this video, which then, was uploaded by someone on YouTube, where it went viral, acquiring millions of views spread across other users who’ve passed it along. 

During a week where we remember and honor true heroes who put their lives at risk for the greater ambitions and good of humanity demonstrated by the Apollo 1 fire - upon which we have greatly advanced and evolved in our understanding of astronaut/vehicle safety - and the fateful Space Shuttle Challenger disaster - which lifted the veil of ignorance and mismanagement that claimed the lives of astronauts and the first non-astronaut in space - dedicate 25 minutes to watching and listening intently on the words and articulation of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s advocation for space exploration.

If we depend solely on scientifically illiterate, election-cycle-driven legislators in Congress to decide for themselves how NASA should or should not be utilized, we risk enduring another 46 years of stagnation in space while other countries pass us by regarding education, innovation, employment, and human achievement. 

However, if we, as a collective democracy, decide to fight for something that will benefit us now, tomorrow, and beyond our own lifetimes, we provide meaning in our own lives. If we educate the public, we create a more informed society aware of the dangers we face through inaction and conservative thinking. We can reach Congress and educate the public globally with this film. 

Support this Kickstarter and help us achieve our $80K goal before February 1. Together, we can stake a claim toward our future, the American space program our taxes support, and endorse the #FightforSpace.

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