Saudi International Team Discovers Evidence for Migrations to Arabian Peninsula Dating Back More Than 120,000 Years in Nafud Desert

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Riyadh, September 20, 2020 SPA -- "Science Advances" Journal has published a study conducted by the Saudi and international researchers based on accurate information of ancient environments in light of fossilized footprints of humans and animals dating back more than 120,000 in a dry lake in the north of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The American arbitrated journal has published an article for this study that sheds light on human settlement of the Arabian Peninsula before the history.
The study showed that the discovery of footprints during the survey carried out by the team in Nafud Desert in the Kingdom of Saudi which included hundreds of human and animal footprints on the sediments of an ancient lake represents a unique type of fossil evidence because it gives glimpses of a specific time in the past. The researchers were able to identify several animals, including elephants, horses and camels, via the archaeologies.
“The existence of huge animals, such as elephants and hippos, vast pastures as well as water resources, have made the north of the Arabian Peninsula an attractive habitat for humans during their move between Africa and Eurasia," the study highlighted.
The archaeological study concluded that the appropriate climatic conditions also facilitated the process of moving from Africa to the Levant, adding that the existence of freshwater lakes in the west of the Nafud desert contributed to prove the migrations of human groups because they were a source of drinking water.
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