segunda-feira, 7 de fevereiro de 2011

Modern Humans Reached Arabia Earlier Than Thought, New Artifacts Suggest

Jebel Faya rockshelter from above, looking north, shows eboulis blocks from roof collapse and the location of excavation trenches. (Credit: Copyright Science/AAAS)

Artifacts unearthed in the United Arab Emirates date back 100,000 years and imply that modern humans first left Africa much earlier than researchers had expected, a new study reports. In light of their excavation, an international team of researchers led by Hans-Peter Uerpmann from Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, Germany suggests that humans could have arrived on the Arabian Peninsula as early as 125,000 years ago -- directly from Africa rather than via the Nile Valley or the Near East, as researchers have suggested in the past.

More in ScienceDaily (Jan. 27, 2011)

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