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Green Arabia’s key role in human evolution

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Whilst the interior of the Arabian Peninsula is dry today, it was once lush and green

Scientists have been illuminating the vital role played by the Arabian Peninsula in humankind’s exodus from Africa. Far from being a desert, the region was once covered by lush vegetation and criss-crossed by rivers, providing rich hunting grounds for our ancestors.

As the sun rises over a vast sand sea in the Arabian Peninsula its first rays illuminate a number of hand axes scattered over the surface of the arid desert.

Nearby, a team of international experts start their day’s work picking up and examining remains that are putting a new gloss on the history of human occupation in the area and challenging previously-held theories.

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