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Early Man Reported Present in Jordan Valley a Million Years Ago

Early man came to the Jordan River valley about a million years ago, according to a study reported here today by the Israel Academy of Science. The study was made during a four-year series of expeditions and researches by Professor Moshe Stekelis, head of the department of pre-history at the Hebrew University.

Comparing bones, stones and tools found in prehistoric sites in Israel with others discovered in South Africa and Tanganyika, Prof. Stekelis has reconstructed early man’s wanderings during the Stone Age. He found that man had migrated along what the scientists call the Great Rift Valley from its southern sector in Africa to the northern part of the Jordan Valley in today’s Israel. From that point, Pleistocene Age man went to Asia and to Europe. The data found in Israel furnished the link between early man’s start of his migration in Africa and his later dispersion to Europe and Asia.

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