Deakin Communicating Science 2016

EES 200/101

YABBA DABBA DOO!! Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones.

Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones.
They’re the modern stone age family.
From the town of Bedrock,
They’re a page right out of history.

Not really…….

The famous cartoon network show from the sixties has fooled young children into believing that dinosaurs existed around the same time as humans!!! Even going so far as to tame these prehistoric creatures as loveable domesticated pets. In addition to advanced technology such as television with colour, and clear phone lines juxtaposition with basic rock homes and stone everything.

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Firstly dinosaurs went extinct approximately 65 million years ago, with earliest evidence dated as far back as 250 million years while the earliest evidence of our ancestors existed 2.5 million years ago. That’s roughly a 62.5 million year age gap. I need not elaborate on why this is pretty near impossible.

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Lets give the Flintstones some more history. The Flintstones were likely set in the Stone Age, due to the stone tools; cars, houses and the animal hide clothing. More specifically, the Flintstones were Neanderthals, due to the lighter skin, larger skulls to protect larger brains. They lived from the Ice Age 300,000 years ago till about 24,000 years ago. They lived in small groups or families in caves, with the earliest fossils being found in the caves of Gibraltar or huts made of stones and tree branches instead of stone houses portrayed in the show.

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The next point on the archaeological agenda is the advancement of Bedrock (the town the Flintstones is set). The definition of civilisation is the existence of settlements classifiable as towns or cities. This requires a large enough scale of food production to sustain communities. Furthermore there has to be an involvement in the progression of the community such as the creation of imposing buildings or works of art, the practice of skilled warfare, and above all the administration of a centralized bureaucracy capable of running the machinery of state.

The Flintstones abide by this definition, except  Neanderthals don’t evidently have these  illustrated in their cave paintings

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Cave Painting- Green Sahara

 

The earliest scripture originated in 3500BC in Mesopotamia and Egypt. Similarly, cave man drawings go back 400000 years, still technically around the time of Neanderthals. Within these drawings, there was never any indication of farming for a community or even settlements. Furthermore, Neanderthals were hunter and gatherers, meaning they moved in accordance to food availability and climate, therefore did not settle and create civilisation.

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Timeline of Neanderthals compared to Homo sapiens (modern humans)

The earliest settlement of humans was the Homo sapiens. About 24,000 years ago when the Neanderthals died out, Modern Humans were still roaming about. Only 10,000 years ago did the farming take place. Thus bringing out the evolution of civilisations.

The Flintstones however, may have been modern humans. Modern humans did in fact exist at the same time as Neanderthals, but they did not look the same, with differences in face shape and skull size, that would make the timeline of the Flintstones near possible. If we exclude; dinosaurs, TV and technology.

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This guy has skills!

References

Neanderthals – Crystalinks”. Crystalinks.com. N.p., 2016. Web. 7 May 2016

DK Find Out! | Fun Facts For Kids On Animals, Earth, History And More!”. DK Find Out!. N.p., 2016. Web. 7 May 2016.

HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION”. Historyworld.net. N.p., 2016. Web. 7 May 2016.

The Flintstones Lyrics – Theme Song Lyrics”. Lyrics On Demand. N.p., 2016. Web. 7 May 2016.

Dinosaurs?, Ask. “Why Did The Dinosaurs Die Out? – Facts & Summary – HISTORY.Com”. HISTORY.com. N.p., 2016. Web. 7 May 2016.

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Human Biology and Cell Biology majors. Massive biology and medical freak.

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