My most recent blog post on the cowry shell, explained how they were what we may call “an elixir or giver of life”, that mollusc shells engravings--homo-erectuswere used as medicine, money, and ceremonies of life and death by many ancient cultures around the world. This article on fossilized mollusc shells and my future research, will detail my alchemical research into the use of ancient shells by humans, in my attempt to prove that they have always been one of the most ancient, and best medicines known to humankind.

For example, scientists from the University of Amsterdam recently announced, that they had discovered  the earliest evidence of humans that has ever been found. It was in Indonesia, where anthropologists unearthed approximately 500,000 year-old engravings on fossilized mollusc shells which predates a previous discovery that was about 130,000 years old.

mollusc shells engravingsApproximately one-third of the shells they discovered, had a unique hole that is said to be at the base of one of the bivalve’s muscles.  The ancient engravings on the shells are in a zigzag like scratching pattern that experts had said a sharp-toothed animals may have bitten into the shells for food, but a more likely source was Homo erectus cutting the shell with a pointed object. Carbon dating of the shells put their age at between 430,000 and 540,000 years ago.

A researcher from Australian National University had said, “This is the first time we have found evidence for Homo erectus behaving this way.”  The scientist who made the find, Stephen Munro, told the BBC it could “rewrite human history.”

This historic find postdates a previous discovery over a century ago in 1891 by a Dutch paleontologist that was dubbed as one of the most sensational discoveries of 166 freshwater mussel shells found in East Java on the banks of the Bengawan Solo river. The famous paleontologist, Eugene Dubois, had found what is known as “Java Man.” He interpreted these as being the remains of a gibbon-like hominid that was the long-sought “missing link” between apes and humans.

For millennia, just like the cowry-shell, mollusc shells have been a source of food, medicine, currency, and as an elixir or giver of life for humans. These shells are perhaps more famous for their production of some of the world’s finest ancient commercial luxury goods such as pearls, mother of pearlPhoenician purple dye, silk, and alchemical compounds.

Mollusc shells, and many other shells are natural earth born gifts from God that aid in human health with their magical alchemical properties that add vitality to our blood, and also enrich the people who know how to use them properly. This shell science of the Philosopher’s Stone I will write about in future articles.

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