Wednesday, October 11, 2006

 

Giant Camel Update: Scientists find more 100,000-year-old bones

Syrian Camel Syria (Evolution Research: John Latter / Jorolat)Hunters stalked giant camels as tall as some modern-day elephants in the Syrian desert tens of thousands of years ago and archaeologists behind the find are wondering where the camels came from and what caused them to die off.

The enormous beasts existed about 100,000 years ago and more of the bones, first discovered last year, have been found this year in the sands about 150 miles north of the capital, Damascus.

The animal, branded the "Syrian Camel" by its Swiss and Syrian discoverers, stood between three and four yards high - about twice the size of latter-day camels and the height at the shoulder of many African elephants.

Continued at "Scientists find more bones of big camels"

Original blog entry "Remains of giant 100,000-year-old camel discovered in Syria":

Damascus, Syria, October 6 2006 (Reuters) - Swiss researchers have discovered the 100,000-year-old remains of a previously unknown giant camel species in central Syria.

'This is a big discovery, a revolution in science,'. Professor Jean-Marie Le Tensorer of the University of Basel told Reuters. 'It was not known that the dromedary was present in the Middle East more than 10,000 years ago.'

'Can you imagine? The camel's shoulders stood three metres (yards) high and it was around four metres tall, as big as a giraffe or an elephant. Nobody knew that such a species had existed.'

A group of humans apparently killed the camel while it was drinking from a spring, said Tensorer, adding that 100,000-year-old human remains were discovered nearby...

...The human bones were transported to Switzerland, where they underwent anthropological analysis...

..."The bone is that of a homo sapiens, or modern man, but the tooth is extremely archaic, similar to that of a Neanderthal. We don't know yet what it is exactly." said Tensorer. [Neandertal]

Continued at: Remains of giant camel discovered in Syria
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Also reported by SANA (Syrian Arab News Agency): "Huge Camel Lived 100,000 Years Before in the Syrian Desert"

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Comments:
This giant camel discovered is nothing new to muslims. This creature was mentioned in the Islamic holy book, the Quran!

This camel was a female camel that god have given a prophet (Saleh) to his people (Thamud) as a miracle.

You can google it, just type "camel thamud quran".

This discovery only affirms the true existence of the one god.
 
No person wrote history 100,000 years ago so how does your holy book mention it? Isn't the Quran the same as the Old Testament which places the beginning of the world at a time much more recent than 100,000 years ago? Information aiding to rid my confusion is appreciated.
 
If the giant camel is mentioned in the Quran than maybe the 100,000 year estimate is wrong. Dating is not a precise science, it is based on estimates by scientists who subscribe to a preconcieved framework. The fact that this beast is mentioned in literature would indicate that it existed within the time of human memory.
 
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