Contrary to popular theory that states that the cold and dry climate of the Ice Age was a barrier to the intercontinental migration of humans, new and surprising Israeli research reveals that migration out of Africa actually occurred under such climatic conditions some 200,000 years ago.

The research examined animal fossils from Misliya Cave in Mount Carmel, and identified a vole species that characterized northern and cold regions. The rodents were found close to a human jawbone, nearly 200,000 years old, that is among the earliest human remains outside Africa. 

 KAN's Mark Weiss spoke with  Dr. Lior Weissbrod of the Israel Antiquities Authority, who published the new findings together with Prof. Mina Weinstein-Evron of the Zinman Institute of Archeology at Haifa university.