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January 8, 2016

It's a riddle, wrapped in sediment, inside a grotto.

Occupation. There is no debris in the chamber, which is so dark that habitation would have required artificial light,

for which there is no evidence, and the cave is nearly inaccessible and appears never to have had easy access. Water transport. Caves that have been inundated show sedimentological layers of coarse-grained material, which is lacking in the Dinaledi Chamber, where the specimens were uncovered. Predators. There are no signs of predation on the skeletal remains and no fossils from predators. Death trap. The sedimentary remains indicate that the fossils were deposited over a span of time, so that rules out a single calamitous event, and the near unreachability of the chamber makes attritional individual entry and death unlikely. Did This Extinct Human Species Commit Homicide? - Scientific American

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 8, 2016 8:34 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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♪I'm gonna take a sedimentological journey♫ I think he means sedimentary. Sedimentological would mean the layers were the result of sedimentology.

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 9, 2016 6:57 AM

Let me take a guess. By reading that bossed rag.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 9, 2016 2:12 PM

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