viernes, 19 de agosto de 2016

Saudi and British archaeologists dig up 90,000-year-old middle finger


Human bones from a middle finger dating back 90,000 years found in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's Commission for Tourism and National Heritage

Project jointly run between Riyadh and Oxford University dates human habitation of Saudi desert back 325,000 years

Archaeologists have discovered the oldest human bone ever found in Saudi Arabia, digging up part of a middle finger dating back 90,000 years.

The discovery was part of a joint project begun in 2012 by scientists from Saudi Arabia and the UK’s Oxford University.

The discovery was announced late on Wednesday by the head of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, Ali Ghabban.

“The Green Arabia project has studied sites at ancient lakes in the Nafud desert,” Ghabban said, referring to an area in the north of the Arabian Peninsula.

Ghabban said that excavations at the Taas al-Ghadha site, close to the northwestern city of Tayma, suggested human habitation stretching back up to 325,000 years.

The bone that was discovered during the dig is the middle part of a middle finger belonging to a human being who lived some 90,000 years ago, making it the oldest physical trace of human habitation discovered in the area. [...] Middle East Eye / Link 2