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12,800 years ago: the start of agriculture was forced by a comet


12,800 years ago, a comet hit Earth in the region of present-day Syria and is believed to have cooled the climate, prompting hunter-gatherers to try something new to survive – agriculture.

In any case, this is what scientists highlighted in a press release published by the University of California at Santa Barbara last October.

“In this region (called Abu Hureyra), we went from humid conditions which supplied the forests with different food sources for hunter-gatherers to drier, colder conditions which meant that humans could no longer survive only with hunting and gathering,” demonstrated James Kennett, one of the authors of the study and professor at this university.

The explosions, fires and climatic consequences which followed the passage of the disintegrating comet in the atmosphere caused, according to scientists, the extinction of most large animals, such as mammoths, toothed tigers saber and American horses and camels.

The absence of a crater does not contradict this theory, according to Kennett, who explained that the explosion took place in the air and that other evidence is consistent with the already known elements, much of which comes from the region by Abu Hureyra.

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