Saudi Arabia, a key point in human evolution

Saudi Arabia, a key point in human evolution

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Nowadays it is a delight to see how the news about history and the human race continues to happen thanks to the investigations that are carried out in many different fields. One of the most recent news in recent days is the one that provides us Michael Petraglia, Professor of Human and Prehistoric Evolution at the University of Oxford School of Archeology.

Petraglia has discovered clear evidence that at a certain point in history, the Arabian Peninsula played a very important role in relation to the evolution and migration of the human species on the planet and that many centuries ago, what today is an arid desert, was a habitable place full of vegetation.

All researchers know that conducting field studies in the middle of the desert are complex, due to the heat, the dust and the demands of this kind of terrain, but for Petraglia it was an exceptional surprise to do back in 2001, one of his most important discoveriesBest of all, he did not do it on the spot but from the library of the National Museum of Saudi Arabia.

What he found were several clues that revealed information about the important historical past of the area, providing you with some insight into the important role that the Arabian Peninsula has played in everything related to the migration of the first humans out of Africa.

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Assured that a long time ago Saudi Arabia was green, with countless landscapes watered by lakes and rivers, a great fauna populated by big cats, elephants, hippos and many other animals of which no trace remains today, everything has been covered by the desert sandBut it is said that one of these green places was Mundafan, in the southwestern part of the country between the Asir and Tuwayq mountains and the Rub Al Khali desert.

According to him, to an inexperienced person, everything could seem deserted and that it has been here millions and millions of years, but Petraglia says that it has not been so long and not too long ago there could have been a great freshwater lake, something that was also discovered in many other corners of Saudi Arabia.

For now, this professor has confirmed that his entire team will continue investigating thanks to the investment they will make from Saudi Arabia and have launched the project called "When Arabia was Green”(When Arabia was green) where they will work in different disciplines such as paleontology, geography, human and animal genetics, geo chronology, archeology, linguistic studies and rock art.

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