Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


9 December 2011

Ancient tools point to early human migration into Arabia

American Association for the Advancement of Science, 30-11-2011

More than 100,000 years ago, a group of early humans stood on the western shore of the Red Sea, gazing across the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait at the Arabian Peninsula. The land was lush and verdant, beckoning them to cross. But did they? A new analysis of stone tools discovered in Oman suggests that they did, indicating that humans may have ventured into Arabia tens of thousands of years earlier than many scientists believed. The map of Homo sapiens‘ journey out of Africa is a work in progress, continually sketched and redrawn as researchers find new data. Genetic and archaeological evidence suggest that our species first left Africa roughly 80,000 years ago, traveling north through the Middle East to populate Eurasia.

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