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In a message dated 7/9/98 3:06:04 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< May I point out that WE evolved in an ice age climate? >>
Not really. It is true that the _cultural_ identifiers of Homo
sapiens--refined toolmaking, art and regional trade--first appear in early
pre-glacial Europe, but anatomically modern humans are first seen in the (even
then) warm and dry middle east (and perhaps the southern most tip of Africa)
about 100,000 years ago.