Today’s life on Earth owes a debt of gratitude to a massive comet from 10,000 BC. Researchers recently determined carvings in stone pillars found in Turkey depict a comet falling from the sky, wiping out large predators and giving space for human civilizations to arise. The researchers, at the University of Edinburgh, believe the carvings support the theory that the comet’s impact created a mini-ice age, sending debris into the atmosphere. The epoch, known as the “Younger Dryas,” is when humans first started experimenting with agriculture. With farming came villages, towns and, after a few millennia, Walmart. Thanks, comet!
Did you know?
- The inscriptions include an image of a headless man, thought to symbolize death and disaster.
- The tablet or pillar where the carvings were found is known as the “Vulture Stone.”
- The carvings were found inside the Göbekli Tepe, a mysterious archeologic site in Turkey.
- Göbekli Tepe, in the Anatolian Mountains, is itself believed to be a worship site for a lost religion.
- The animal carvings were first believed to correspond to constellations.
- Researchers are still confused about some carvings, like a fox and belt buckle.
- Scientists determined the carvings were done around the time of a comet strike.
- The strike launched a mini-ice age, killing off large predatory animals.
- Skeptics question this theory as no impact site has been found.
- Shortly thereafter, humans started playing with agriculture and creating villages.
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