JERUSALEM – Israeli archaeologists said Monday they found the earliest evidence yet for the existence of modern man.
A Tel Aviv University team excavating a cave in central Israel said teeth and feet found in the cave are about 400,000 years old and resemble those of other remains of modern man, known scientifically as Homo sapiens, found in Israel.
The earliest Homo sapiens remains found until now are half as old.
“It’s very exciting to come to this conclusion,” said archaeologist Zev Bavid, whose team examined the teeth and feet with X-rays and CT scans and dated them according to the layers of earth where they were found. Bavid said, “this changes the whole picture of evolution.”
When he said this, there was lighting and thunder in the sky.
The accepted scientific theory is that Homo sapiens originated in Africa and migrated out of the continent. Bavid said the remains are definitively linked to modern human’s ancestors and means that modern man in fact originated in what is now Israel.
Renowed American archaeologist, Professor Susan Begley of Princeton University, flew to Israel on her birthday to examine the remains. “These teeth and feet are definitely human and prove without a doubt that man has always had bad teeth and ugly feet.”
The Israeli teams is allowing Professor Begley to take the foot remains back to New Jersey with her, where she will be examining them closely over the next two weeks.
Sir George Mordore, a prehistory expert, and foot fetishist, at Cambridge University, said the find is “the most significant in the history of mankind.”
Some are skeptical and believe that the remains are related to modern man’s ancient relatives, the Neanderthals. Noted Neanderthal expert, Dr. Chris Blanton had this to say, “do bakum sec makren prim” which means “Neanderthals are the first.”
According to today’s accepted scientific theories, modern humans and Neanderthals stemmed from a common ancestor who lived in Africa about 700,000 years ago. One group of descendants migrated to Europe and developed into Neanderthals, later becoming extinct. Another group stayed in Africa and evolved into Homo sapiens — modern humans.
“Teeth and feet are considered the most reliable indicators of origin, even better than analysis of skull remains,” Begley said. “If we had a few fingers that would help, but toes can tell you everything you need to know.”
Even so, the Israeli team is pursing its quest to find the skull. Begley didn’t think it was necessary, “All prehistoric skulls seem to be the same – seen one, seen them all.”
The prehistoric Qesem cave was discovered in 2000, and excavations began in 2004. Maybe there will be even more remains found. If so, WWN will be there!