Monday, December 27, 2010

World's Oldest Human Remains Discovered in Israel

Warning: Do not read this article if your belief system prohibits acceptance of objects being older than your believed age of the universe. For help in resolving such conflicts, I suggest you read "The Challenge of Creation" by Natan Slifkin.

Despite the modern anthropological thesis ("Out of Africa") that mankind originated in Africa, the world's oldest Homo-Sapien remains found so far have recently been uncovered in the Kessem Cave near the Israeli city of Rosh HaAyin. To date, the oldest examples of skeletal remains from Africa are carbon dated at about 200,000 years, while the remains from the Kessem Cave are dated approximately at 400,000 years. This discovery could completely change modern science's theories about mankind's evolution.

The following is translated from the Tel Aviv University, HaYadan website:
World's Oldest's Remains of Modern Man Discovered in the Kessem Cave near Rosh Ha'Ayin.

Tel Aviv University , Saturday, 25 December 2010

Tel Aviv University researchers have uncovered evidence indicating the presence of modern humans (Homo-sapiens) in Israel about 400 thousand years ago.

This is the earliest period in which evidence of modern humans in the world has been found. The findings were discovered in the Kessem Cave of Magic, a para-historical site near Rosh HaAyin that was discovered in the year 2000, and are now published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Researchers Professor Avi Gopher and Dr. Ran Barkai from the Department of Archaeology, who run the Kessem cave excavation, and Professor Israel Hershkovitz, from the Department of Anatomy and Anthropology at the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, conducted in collaboration with an international team of scientists, eight morphological dental analysis of the remains of people found in the Kessem Cave.

Very detailed morphological analysis of dental X-ray CT scans indicate that the teeth size is similar in shape and very similar to those of modern humans that until now were only in findings from 200 thousand years ago in the African Continent. The Kessem Cave teeth are also very similar to the findings of modern humans in Israel, which were dated at about 100 thousand years old, in the Ashul and Caramel Caves in the Lower Galilee near Nazareth.

The Kessem Cave dates to the period between 200 thousand to 400 thousand years ago, and in the archeologists' opinion, the findings indicate significant changes in the behavior of ancient humans. This period is a very significant stage in human history -- culturally and biologically, and the fact that a modern man's teeth were found, indicates that these changes apparently related to evolutionary changes that have occurred in man.

Professor Avi Gopher and Dr. Ran Barkai said the findings are unique to the culture of the Kessem Cave dwellers, such as systematically arranged production of flint blades, regular use of fire, hunting patterns, dismemberment and distribution of meat and livestock, mining of raw materials from the ground -- all strengthen the hypothesis that this is indeed an innovative behavior and integrates well with the appearance of modern humans.

Researchers say that the Kessem Cave discovery should change the widespread perception, that the origin of modern humans is from the African Continent.

In recent years archaeological finds of human skeletons in China and Spain might appeal to this theory, but the findings from the Kessem Cave are now far more significant, as the earlier age is undoubtedly an exceptional archaeological discovery.

The Kessem Cave excavations continue, and the diggers hope that more evidence will be discovered to allow for additional confirmation of the findings from the published study, and to deepen the understanding of human evolution and especially the emergence of modern man.



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9 comments:

yoni r. said...

I think you meant to say, "the world's oldest Homo-Sapiens [note the "s"] remains to have been uncovered have been found in the Kessem Cave near the Israeli city of Rosh HaAyin".

We don't know that these are the oldest H. Sapiens in the world, just the oldest ones uncovered so far.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Yoni R: Thanks for the catch (editing it now). That what happens when I rely too much on google translate...(and I edited their translation as is...)

Anonymous said...

"Warning: Do not read this article if your belief system prohibits acceptance of objects being older than your believed age of the universe. "

Worded that way, the warning applies to everybody. Nobody believes there are things that are older than their believed age of the universe. : )

Benjamin of Tudela said...

On my blog I showed that this is a classic case where Israelies are saying one thing in hebrew and another in English..

My blog on this http://mostlykosher.blogspot.com/2010/12/israel-cradle-of-humanity-well-only-in.html

in the vanguard said...

It is a sad commentary on Jews who cherish the Torah that they allow the holy grail of scientific hypotheses to overshadow our divine Torah, as if we have to bring Torah to the scientific perspective rathet than accept Torah absolutely and let others bring science to rectify itself with Torah. Slifkin included.

yoni r. said...

Anonymous,

Good caveat, but not true. Most scientists (and many non-scientists who think they understand what scientists are talking about) believe that a singularity preceded the universe.

And many Jews believe that God created and destroyed many עולמות (universes?) previous to the current one. However, this belief may be suspended when confronting those who don't outrightly reject science.

jonathan becker said...

yoni r. is on the ball. kudos.

Avrohom said...

Hi Jameel,
You forgot to mention that the bones belonged to Palestinian Homo Sapiens as opposed to 400,000 year old Jewish Homo Sapiens. Please clarify this point, it is of upmost importance.

Anonymous said...

Esiah
10:40' 2013

The African male design is far more prehistoric.
We dodnt have to look to the past to see that.
Nor be a scholar, not to mention stetopangia that is found in arfican women.

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