By now you’ve probably seen the images floating around on social media of a mysterious man who appears to have black skin, but has the same hairstyle and beard as Peter Greene.
We’re sure you’ve noticed his eyes too, but now there’s a new theory about this mysterious man.
According to The Telegraph, Dr. John A. Buhler, an associate professor of zoology at the University of Georgia, has a theory as to why the man is so unique.
According the article, “The first thing that jumps out at you when you look at this picture is the dark, stubby, brown hair on his head, and the beard that he has on his left hand.
It’s a little bit of a mystery.
And that’s where this comes in.
It seems that the man’s a member of the same tribe that lived on the island of Madagascar in the early 1900s, which is what we would expect him to be.
He was a very strong, strong man, and he’s probably been living there for quite some time.
He’s probably a member from Madagascar for a long time, maybe even his whole life.”
Dr. Bühlinger has been researching the “lonely islander” theory for years, and recently published a study in the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology that is based on the theory.
The study, titled “Lonely Islander in Madagascar?
Evidence for Human Origins and Evolution in the Upper Paleolithic,” is based upon genetic analysis of the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in the remains of a skeleton found at the site of a dig, and compared with the mitochondrial genome of an indigenous community that lived in Madagascar.
According Dr. Bueler, the mtDNA found in the site belonged to a person who lived in the region about 10,000 years ago, and also showed that a similar mtDNA was present in an indigenous population from the same area.
This information supports the hypothesis that the islander came from Madagascar, as well as his identity.
“There’s also evidence that he was probably from the Lower Paleolithic period, about 7,500 years ago.
And there’s also a genetic signature of people from the lower Paleolithic, which could be a marker for early humans,” said Dr. A.B.
“The lower Paleolithological people were hunters and gatherers, and there were some hunter-gatherers in Madagascar, and we know from the remains that they were probably living in that area.
So, it’s not as if they’re Neanderthals.
And if there’s any Neanderthal in Madagascar at all, it might be from the Upper Neolithic.”
This discovery of a genetic link between the “Lonesome Man” and the native population has led to the idea that the “Mystery Man” could be one of those ancient humans who migrated out of Africa and settled in Madagascar before European colonization.
According, “It’s a very fascinating hypothesis, because it’s based on genetic markers that we haven’t been able to confirm, and so it’s very interesting to think about,” said Professor Bühler.
“It’s very similar to the mtDNAs of Neanderthos, which was another very strong group that lived between 7,000 and 4,500 yrs ago, but this is closer to the Neolithic period.
So we don’t know for sure what they looked like.”
So how does this theory fit with what we know about the “Mammoth Man” in Africa?
The theory states that there was a Neanderthal population in Madagascar prior to the arrival of humans, and then some people from that population migrated to Madagascar in search of food and shelter.
According this theory, the man could have been an early human who migrated into Madagascar around 3,000 yrs old, and came back with food, shelter, and a new diet that was able to sustain the population.
“And what we don [know] is that they are not homo sapiens, but they were not Homo sapiens.
They had a different genetic signature, but not one that we can see from a modern human, which we can infer that they must have had,” said Bülinger.
Accordingly, the theory has its detractors, but the fact that the theory holds up in genetic analysis is just the latest twist in the mystery.
If the “mystery man” is indeed the man that has been described by the British archaeologist, Dr Stephen Wilson, then the story could be much longer than what has been reported.
“What I do know is that it’s a fascinating hypothesis,” said Wilson.
“We are really beginning to understand more about the history of our species and the evolution of Homo sapien.
And I think it’s just amazing that the story of this mysterious person continues to be told.
It just gives me so much hope that this theory will be proven correct.”