During shamanic dream journeys (particularly my dream journey of Beltane Eve 2015), I have been shown that my own earth-life origins began in Antarctica. The new scientific discovery of the first continent ever on planet earth, namely the supercontinent (supercraton) Ur, provides scientific support for my belief regarding Antarctica as the homeland for myself as a life-form on this planet. Also supporting my dream journey of my origin, based on the latest cellular and geologic research, scientists now think that life on earth began on land, not in the oceans.
About 3.1 billion years ago, the supercontinent Ur was once the only landmass on earth. It occupied terrestrial regions now part of Antarctica, South Africa, Australia and India; and terrestrial regions once between and joining these lands.
As times moved through the eons (about 2.8 billion years ago through 300 million years ago), Ur became part of new supercontinents we know as Kenorland, Columbia, Rhodinia, Pannotia and Pangaea. About 208 million years ago, Ur separated and became parts of Laurasia and Gondwana.
About 65 million years ago, the part of Ur located on the Indian plate separated from the part of it located on the African plate. Ur on the Indian plate became part of India, islands like Madagascar, and the once lost continent of Mauritia. Today, parts of Ur are still terrestrially located in Australia and Madagascar. Parts of Ur also may likely one day be discovered to still be terrestrially located in South Africa and India.
This scientific timeline of the evolution of the first continents on earth geologically fits with the evolution of terrestrial earth life as occurring in part on Antarctica. Possibly the most ancient of earth life (as old as 3.5-3.8 billion years ago), the Archea, including the Stromatolites, evolved during the time when the continent Ur graced the face of the earth.
Fast forward through time, during the Eocene epoch (approximately 56-33.9 million years ago), Antarctica was an area covered in warm rainforests, not glacial ice sheets. The Eocene epoch is notable for the "dawn" of modern ('new') fauna - new evolutionary forms of creatures upon the earth, including the anthropoid primates (primates having the characteristics of human beings).
Anthropoid primate fossils dating at 37 and 38 million years old have been found in Southeast Asia and the Sahara Desert of Africa, but no anthropoid primate fossils older than this have been found anywhere, neither in Southeast Asia nor in Africa. Yet, we know that during the early Eocene (during the first 18 million years of the Eocene, 56 to 38 million years ago) early primates split into prosimian and anthropoid groups. Prosimians diverged from the anthropoid group (which is the human primate lineage) around 55 million years ago.
The Lemurs of Madagascar are living members of the prosimian group. Madagascar is a part of Ur located between Africa, India and Antarctica. When the supercontinent Gondwana broke apart, Madagascar became isolated while, around the same time about 70-45 million years ago, India broke away from Gondwana and also became isolated as a continent surrounded by the Indian Ocean. Approximately 40-50 million years ago, India began to collide with Asia, forming the Himalayan Mountains.
The scientific timeline of the continents and of primate evolution during the early Eocene, coupled with the fact that no anthropoid primate fossils during the period when anthropoid primates first evolved have ever been found in Africa or Asia, makes it very likely that the anthropoid primate lineage first evolved in India (and possibly on the lost continent of Mauritia). This evolution occurred during the time when India was isolated by the Indian Ocean just as Madagascar was isolated (leading to the evolution of the prosimian lineage of the Lemurs).
Mauritia was a small lost continent situated between Madagascar and India until about 85 million years ago. Mauritia was part of South India. The volcanic island of Mauritus in the Indian Ocean is thought by scientists to be sitting atop an old piece of the sunken lost content of Mauritia. Some of the crystals found on the island date to 3 billion years old.
Archeological and new emerging genetic evidence increasingly suggests that the origins of Homo sapiens was not in Africa. Taken together with the geologic data and with what is known about early anthropoid primate evolution, the idea that the human lineage of anthropoid primates may have evolved in India (and on the lost continent of Mauritia before it separated from India) becomes increasingly plausible and indeed, more likely than the idea that the human lineage arose in Africa.
First, scientists have no reliable and undisputed evidence that the LCA (last common ancestor) shared by humans, chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas evolved in Africa. NONE. This is a very significant fact. Though there is a plethora of hominid fossils in Africa, none of them are directly linked to the lineage of Homo sapiens or to the lineage of the LCA shared by Homo sapiens, chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas. The glaring absence of fossil evidence in Africa as the homeland of the LCA of the Great Ape lineage also suggests that the lost continent of Maurita may actually be the homeland of the LCA shared by Homo sapiens, chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas - together known as the Great Apes.
Second, the Eurasian genetic lineage of Homo sapiens is no longer seen by many renowned geneticists, including John Hawkes, as being a subset of African Homo sapien lineages. On the contrary, modern Africans possess a subset of ancient Eurasian genetic variation plus additional admixture from a Paleo-African hominin lineage. Eurasians (those without African genetic admixture in modern times) do not possess a Paleo-African genetic component, but Eurasians do possess Neanderthal and Denisovan genetic admixture. Native Africans (those without modern Eurasian genetic admixture) do not possess this genetic admixture from Neanderthals and Denisovans. This genetic evidence places the origin of Homo sapiens outside of Africa, and I think, outside of most of Eurasia as well.
Third, the earliest known members of the genus Homo are African Homo habilis (South and East Africa), African Homo ergaster (East and South Africa) and Asian Homo erectus (Dmanisi Georgia). All of these species lived contemporaneously around 2 million years ago. Asian Homo erectus may be the human lineage from which Homo sapiens, Denisovans and Neanderthals originate, while African Homo ergaster may be the human lineage from which Paleo-Africans originate. This hypothesis is supported by genetic, archeological and geological science.
Neanderthal range included Europe and the Near East. Denisovan range included Russia, Siberia, China, Mongolia, parts of the Near East, Indonesia and Australia. An unknown hominin lineage created stone tools in Attirampakkam India that have been dated to over 1 million years old. This unknown hominin lineage (which may be neither Neanderthal, Denisovan nor Paleo-African) in India may be an alternative source population from which the species Homo sapiens emerged.
The lost continent of Atlantis existed much later in time than did the ancient continents of olden times (including Ur, Pangea, Gondwana and Mauritia). I think current scientific evidence supports that it was part of North Atlantic Doggerland and the greater region of the Atlantic coast of Europe. It sank around 11,500-12,000 years ago when a star fragment (known as Phaeton by the classical Greeks) of the Vela Supernova catastrophically interacted with the earth and the moon causing a global cataclysm, through crustal displacement, magnetic pole shift, displacing the earth's axis, massive volcanism, firestorms, deluge, prolonged darkness over the earth, atmospheric poisoning and immense cold.
Though the legend of Atlantis specifically is primarily a European folk memory of this cataclysm, traditions all over the world have legends related to the global catastrophe, from the Old World to the New World, from Africa to South and Central America, in Australasia and Oceania. In addition to Atlantis (Atlantic), other regions lost to the world over time include the Gobi Sea (Central Asia), Lemuria (Indian Ocean), Hyperborea (Arctic), Mu (Pacific) and Tritonis (North Africa).