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January 23, 2021, 1:41 pm UTC    
June 29, 2020 12:08PM
Hermione Wrote:
> Discovery of fossils of cold-climate rodents
> alongside remains of
> region’s 1st modern humans shows they arrived from
> hot cradle of
> Africa during Ice Age, but were able to adapt
> [www.timesofisrael.com]

A jawbone is not a brain and Mount Carmel is not Australia.

Prof. Israel Hershkovitz would have us believe "modern human settlement" sat around latent for about 200 thousand years, hunkered down at Mount Carmel only 500 km away from Africa? And then, @ about 60 ky, moderns finally decided to colonize the rest of the world? When Hershkovitz starts finding abstract art with lion, coyote, and kangaroo heads on human bodies, along with musical flutes 200 ky in the Mount Carmel area will he then have made a case. Until then all he has shown is a modern looking jaw evolved long before modern brains were genetically hardwired as they are now. A modern jaw with an archaic human brain sitting on top of it better explains what they have found in Israel IMO.

The paper's tool argument doesn't wash either... "lightweight" ? There is nothing lightweight about the early Mount Carmel tools compared to these:
"We argue that microlith assemblages were an important part of the environmental plasticity that enabled Homo sapiens to colonize and specialize in a diversity of ecological settings during its expansion within and beyond Africa."

And the "icy" argument's credibility?
At 200,000 years ago Israel was the tropics compared to Siberia today.
"Dmitry built up astonishing endurance, and could hunt barefoot in winter, sometimes returning to the hut after several days, having slept in the open in 40 degrees of frost, a young elk across his shoulders."
Subject Author Posted

Humans left Africa 200,000 years ago for an icy Israel

Hermione June 26, 2020 10:17AM

Re: Humans left Africa 200,000 years ago for an icy Israel

Lee Olsen June 29, 2020 12:08PM

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