Georg Feuerstein, Subhash Kak and David Frawley have a book called In search of the cradle of civilization, which goes on to establish that the real cradle of civilization was India not Sumer. According to the findings of an Oxford University scholar Stephen Oppenheimer, India was the cradle for all non-African people. While Oppenheimer’s theory deals with human migration which happened about 85,000 years back, there is something exciting which could prove India’s connection with the homo erectus, homo sapiens, and evolution that happened 600,000 years ago.
In 1982 a skull, not belonging to a homo sapien was found in Narmada Valley. It was only recently that a CT scan was done.
Former GSI (Nagpur) director Arun Sonakia told TOI on Thursday that the scan report might reveal something extremely exciting. “We need some time to interpret the results. However, what we can say now is that it can reveal something very exciting… It can prove that India was also a cradle of civilisation,” Sonakia said. According to the modern theory of evolution, the evolutionary lines of apes and early humans diverged around seven million years ago.
Some two million years ago, Homo erectus expanded out of Africa into Europe and Asia. Over the next 1.5 million years the populations of these three continents followed different evolutionary courses and became distinct species. Europe’s became the Neanderthals, Asia’s remained Homo erectus, but Africa’s evolved into Homo sapiens, from where it spread again to the rest of the world.
Sonakia said the skull was not of a Homo sapiens. Although a morphological study of the skull had been done soon after its discovery, there was no internal study. “Any internal study needed a CTscan. There are some sedimentations inside the skull. Once we remove the skull, it will crumble,” Sonakia said. The geologist added that a study of the skull’s lobe structure, as revealed by the scan, can show which faculty of man was more developed at the time. [India could have been cradle of civilisation]