Prehistoric Teeth about 400,000 Old Found in Qesem Cave, Tel Aviv

By on Dec 30, 2010 in Science, World Comments

Prehistoric teeth about 400,000 old has been found in the Qesem Cave in Tel Aviv by archeologists from the University of Tel Aviv, Israel. The team of International archeologists spearheaded by Avi Gopher, Israel Hershkowitz and Ran Barkai revealed their discovery in the American Journal of Anthropology. International Science news reported their findings December 28, 2010.

The eight teeth have undergone X-ray computed tomography which had indicated their ages. The prehistoric 400,000 year-old teeth is an astounding discovery that may change the established knowledge that Homo sapiens originated in Africa 200,000 years ago.


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The 8 fossils found in the Qesem cave are composed of two sets; one consisted of a lower canine and two premolars, while the second consisted of two milk teeth, an upper second incisor, a third molar and a canine.

There are 3 scenarios presented by the researches based on their discovery and the established facts of human origin.

The first hypothesis implies that there may have been a small group or human species that were isolated. This was based on the tools they have used and the nature of their teeth. They indicate similarities to the Qafzeh hominis.

The second one is based on the hypothesis that the prehistoric beings are part of the evolution of Neanderthals in Asia.

The third hypothesis is that there are more than one human eras designated by the prehistoric teeth. The team of experts is still searching for further evidence that would support any of the hypotheses.



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