Bones of humans said to have lived some 250,000 to 500,000 years ago, as well as fossils of pre-historic animals and artifacts, were exhibited at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, May 20.
GV Hebrew University compound.
SV INT..left tonight..Professor Piccard, Professor Haas and two students.
CU Professor Haas.
CU Prehistoric item being looked at.
SV Professor Piccard holds item and talks to students.
SV Student girl looks at stone, used as tool, and weapons.
CU Hand lifts out teeth of a pig - probably.
SV Professor Piccard explains strata from geological point of view to students
CU Ditto, in comparison with a present-time piece of skull.
SV Professor Piccard explains strata from geological point of view to students.
CU PAN..Bones used as typical weapons of those days.
CU Map showing the only three places where finds of this kind have ever been made.
SV Professor Piccard and Professor Haas look at above map.
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Background: Bones of humans said to have lived some 250,000 to 500,000 years ago, as well as fossils of pre-historic animals and artifacts, were exhibited at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, May 20. The remains are said to have been found near Afrikim on the west bank of the Jordan.
Two small pieces of skull and an incisor tooth comprised the human remains found, and university paleontologist, Professor Haas, said the bits of skull were 7 millimetres thick - more than three times that of today's humans. No conclusions could yet be drawn about the physical appearance of the alleged man.
The discovery was made as a bulldozer was levelling a piece of land. Animal bones from 35 different species were also found - most of which are now extinct in the Middle East. Professor Haas said that these bones were of wild zebra-like horses, something between dogs and jackals, a relative of the red deer, wild pigs, foxes, hedgehogs and hyena.
Many scientists have considered that the Middle East was not only the cradle of civilization, but also of man himself.