IIn Israel, researchers found the bones of a previously unknown prehistoric man. On Thursday, Tel Aviv University announced his residence in the Levant about 130,000 years ago. The remains of a prehistoric man, whom the research team calls Nesher Ramlet Homo, were found near Ramla near Tel Aviv. The type discovered now comes from the middle Pleistocene. He points to similarities with the remains of other prehistoric humans found in Israel and Eurasia, who would have lived around 400,000 years ago.
“The discovery of a new group of prehistoric humans in this region, which is similar to the Neanderthal ancestral population of Europe, shakes the prevailing hypothesis that Neanderthals came from Europe,” the university’s announcement read. Rather, he notes that “at least some of the ancestors of Neanderthals came from the Levant.” The researchers present their work in the journal Science.
The discovery of the bone indicates that two groups of prehistoric humans lived side by side in the Levant for more than 100,000 years. They will have the knowledge and technology of common tools. Nesher Ramla Homo lived in the area 400,000 years ago and Homo sapiens came later, about 200,000 years ago. Subsequent discoveries indicated that the two groups were also mixed.
The prehistoric man Nescher Ramla combines the characteristics of Neanderthals, especially on the teeth and jaw, and other members of the human race, especially on the skull. At the same time, he is completely different from modern people – he has a completely different skull structure, he does not have a chin, and very large teeth. It is the so-called “lost” species that Homo sapiens interbred with when it came to the area.
Anthropologists, physicians, and archaeologists from Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem participated in the discovery. Anthropology professor Israel Hershkowitz said the discovery of a previously unknown prehistoric man was “of great scientific interest”. It is a new piece of the puzzle that contributes to understanding human migrations in prehistoric times.
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