Israeli Discovery Could Take a Bite Out of History of Evolution

Published: December 27th 2010
in News » Israel

Professor Avi Gopher, a researcher from Tel Aviv University's Institute of Archaeology, holds a pre-historic tooth at Qesem cave, an excavation site near the town of Rosh Haayin

The recent discovery of human remains from the Pleistocene Age is giving scientists around the world something new to chew on these days, namely the fact that the earliest existence of modern man – Homo Sapiens – was 400,000 years ago, 200,000 years earlier than originally thought.


That shocking revelation comes after Israeli university explorers discovered eight human-like teeth in the Qesem cave, just a stone’s throw from Ben-Gurion airport.


According to a group of Tel Aviv University archeologists who examined the remarkable find, the size and shape of the teeth bare a striking resemblance to those of modern man. Prior to the Israeli discovery, the earliest examples found were in Africa, dating back only 200,000 years.


However, the findings of Professor Avi Gopher and Dr Ran Barkai of at Tel Aviv University’s Institute of Archeology suggest that ‘modern man’ did not originate in Africa, but in the Middle East.


Along with the teeth – the parts of the human skeleton that survive the longest –researchers also discovered evidence of a sophisticated human society that used sharpened pieces of stone to cut meat and other practical prehistoric tools.

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