New Research into Persian Gulf Has Implications for Early Modern Human History

New research by an archaeologist at the University of Birmingham in England suggests that the Persian Gulf was created as recently as 8,000 years ago when a basin filled from rising sea levels in the Indian Ocean. Prior to that, the basin–about the size of Great Britain–may have allowed early modern humans to migrate out of Africa much earlier than previously thought, and may have been a contact zone between early humans and Neanderthals.