Israeli archaeologists uncovered teeth from modern Homo sapiens dating approximately 400,000 years ago. If we DID end up coming from the Middle East/Delta region, and not Africa, could this change the way we look at Paleo/Prima/Ancetral eating?
Wasn't that region pretty lush during that period?
asked byNemesis (11157)
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on August 08, 2012
at 02:53 AM
No. We are defined as "human" by our genus, Homo. It is 2.5 million (aprox) years old. These are not the "oldest" human remains but you can't sue a journalist for malpractice for some reason. Our species, H sapiens is 250,000 years old. These cannot be H sapiens teeth at that age but they can be considered human. The best evidence for the out of Africa theory is mitochondrial DNA. That clearly shows we made it to Asia across the Red Sea to Yemen. Sea levels were lower. It is true that some fossils have been found in The Sinai and Israel but anthropology considers this an evolutionary dead end as they did not progress any further.
The OOA theory states that we followed the coastline. We are most adapted to eat what is on the coast and the inter-tidal zone. The best evidence for this is our dependence on iodine and our complete inability to store it. Follow the evidence.