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  • Camel bones suggest error in Bible, archaeologists say

    02/05/2014 5:24:50 PM PST · by workerbee · 84 replies
    Fox ^ | 1/5/14
    Archaeologists from Israel’s top university have used radiocarbon dating to pinpoint the arrival of domestic camels in the Middle East -- and they say the science directly contradicts the Bible’s version of events. Camels are mentioned as pack animals in the biblical stories of Abraham, Joseph and Jacob, Old Testament stories that historians peg to between 2000 and 1500 BC. But Erez Ben-Yosef and Lidar Sapir-Hen of Tel Aviv University's Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures say camels weren’t domesticated in Israel until centuries later, more like 900 BC. “In addition to challenging the Bible's historicity, this anachronism is...
  • The Latest Challenge to the Bible's Accuracy: Abraham's Anachronistic Camels?

    02/16/2014 3:48:28 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 33 replies
    christianitytoday.com ^ | February 14, 2014 | Gordon Govier
    Two researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) studied the bones of camels found in an area of ancient copper mines in the Aravah Valley, south of the Dead Sea. Using radiocarbon dating and other techniques, they determined that camels were first used in the mining operations near the end of the 10th century BC. They state that this is the first evidence of domesticated camels in ancient Israel. This would be almost 1,000 years later than the time of the patriarchs, when camels first appear in the Bible. Their study was quickly used to claim that the Bible was written...
  • Million-year-old camel bone unearthed in Syria (unknown tiny species of camel family)

    09/13/2008 1:03:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 616+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/13/08 | AP
    DAMASCUS, Syria – Scientists have unearthed a camel jawbone in the Syrian desert that they think may be a previously unknown tiny species of the animal and say dates back a million years.
  • Anthropologists identify professional rider at Burnt City

    01/10/2007 10:12:11 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 344+ views
    Mehr News Agency ^ | January 1, 2007 | unattributed
    A team of Iranian and British anthropologists working on human remains discovered at the 5200-year-old Burnt City have identified a male rider who they believe was a messenger in ancient times... “The marks indicate that he had gathered his right leg while riding. Thus the riding was carried out on a big animal like a camel or ox,” Foruzanfar explained. There is evidence that draft animals were used in the Burnt City in ancient times, but gathering a leg while riding is something someone does while riding a camel over long distances. Thus, it is surmised that the man was...
  • Australian camels could be shot to curb methane

    06/09/2011 6:16:22 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 70 replies
    madison.com ^ | 09 june 2011
    Kill a camel, earn cash for cutting greenhouse gases: That offer may be coming soon in Australia, where vast numbers of the nonnative, methane-belching animals have been trampling the Outback for more than a century. The government has proposed that killing camels be officially registered as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Australia has the world's largest population of wild camels _ an estimated 1.2 million _ and considers them to be a growing environmental problem. The proposal, released for public comment this week, would allow sharpshooters to earn so-called carbon credits for slaughtering camels. Industrial polluters around the...
  • Feral Camels Plague Australian Outback

    05/18/2011 12:20:27 AM PDT · by LucyT · 30 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Tue May 17, 2011 | Jessica Marshall
    * Over one million feral camels live in arid and semi-arid regions of the Australian outback. * The camels demolish air conditioners, fences and toilet systems and foul critical watering holes. * A new program aims to track the camels by allowing people to report sightings using Google maps. The single-humped dromedary camels were brought mainly from India in the second half of the 19th century to work in the scrubby, red-earthed arid parts of the Australian outback, transporting people and as pack animals. Once trains, roads and machinery made them obsolete as workers, the camels were let loose, creating...
  • Meat Exporters Say Australia's Wild Camels Are Untapped Resource

    09/06/2010 8:42:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    VOA News ^ | 06 September 2010 | Phil Mercer
    Australia's fledgling camel industry has received a government grant to capitalize on growing international demand for the animals' meat and milk. The animals were brought to the country by early settlers but their numbers have soared since they were released into the wild, and some Australians consider them pests. More than a million camels roam Australia's vast interior. These hardy animals are among the country's most destructive feral pests and marksmen have begun the task of culling hundreds of thousands of them. Meat companies, however, say a more productive way to reduce camel numbers is to export them as a...
  • 6,000 Wild Camels Slated for Death in Australia After Animals Run Roughshod Over Northern T. Town

    11/26/2009 1:50:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 1,247+ views
    Australian authorities plan to corral about 6,000 wild camels with helicopters and gun them down after they overran a small Outback town in search of water, trampling fences, smashing tanks and contaminating supplies. The Northern Territory government announced its plan Wednesday for Docker River, a town of 350 residents where thirsty camels have been arriving daily for weeks because of drought conditions in the region. "The community of Docker River is under siege by 6,000 marauding, wild camels," local government minister Rob Knight said in Alice Springs, 310 miles (500 kilometers) northeast of Docker. "This is a very critical situation...
  • Feral dromedaries besiege Oz Outback town-Some people open their windows and all they see is camels

    11/25/2009 9:44:27 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies · 778+ views
    The Register (UK) ^ | 25th November 2009 09:50 GMT | Lester Haines
    An Oz Outback community is battling to regain control of its town from a 6,000-strong feral camel invasion, which has seen the thirsty dromedaries cause "chaos" in their search for water. According to the Times, the drought-hit beasts have descended on the Northern Territory's Docker River en masse, "trampling through homes, breaking water tanks and even damaging the emergency airstrip".
  • A Million Camels Plague Australia

    10/27/2009 12:21:19 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 51 replies · 1,812+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | October 26 2009
    Wild dromedary camels, brought to Australia in the mid-19th century to help explore and develop the outback, were left to breed and survive on their own. Now they number a million in the wild and have become pests, officials say. Camels are not usually associated with Australia, but Australia is home to the largest herd of feral camels in the world. About 12,000 dromedary camels were brought to Australia in the mid-19th century to carry people and supplies during the exploration and development of the Interior but after the advent of the automobile, they were abandoned and left to fend...
  • Australia to cull its camels

    08/17/2009 1:51:52 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies · 1,080+ views
    thenational.ae ^ | August 17. 2009 | thenational.ae
    Australia has begun drawing up plans to cull hundreds of thousands of wild camels amid concerns that marauding herds are tearing up the environment and depleting valuable supplies of water. One-humped dromedaries were imported into Australia after 1840 to help colonial settlers conquer the arid continent’s inhospitable interior. A century later, the robust pack animals were no longer needed, superseded by trucks and trains. While some were slaughtered, many others were released into the desert where they have thrived. Apart from wild dogs, Australia’s camels have had little to fear until now. Deploying marksmen in helicopters is part of an...
  • Australia Considers Mass Killings Of Camels

    08/10/2009 9:06:03 AM PDT · by Abathar · 30 replies · 932+ views
    theindychannel.com /ap ^ | August 10, 2009 | KRISTEN GELINEAU
    SYDNEY -- Thousands of camels in Australia's remote Outback could be killed by marksmen in helicopters under a government proposal aimed at cutting down the population of the havoc-wreaking creatures. First introduced into Australia in the 1840s to help explorers travel through the Australian desert, there are now about 1 million camels roaming the country, with the population doubling every nine years. They compete with sheep and cattle for food, trample vegetation and invade remote settlements in search of water, scaring residents as they tear apart bathrooms and rip up water pipes. Last month, the federal government set aside 19...
  • Pesky Camels Will Be Shot From Helicopters

    08/09/2009 2:31:52 AM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 21 replies · 1,492+ views
    Sky News ^ | Sunday August 09, 2009 | Staff
    Thousands of camels will be shot from helicopters and turned into burgers in a bid to halt their trail of havoc across Australia. Marksmen plan to gun the animals down amid concern the thirsty dromedaries are barging into people's homes and ripping up their bathrooms looking for water. Government officials plan to wipe out 650,000 of the feral population in the remote Outback area of the country. The creatures were first introduced to Australia in the 1840s to help explorers travel through the Australian desert. There are now about one million camels roaming the country. They compete with sheep and...
  • Australians urged to eat camels not cull them

    08/04/2009 7:55:56 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 16 replies · 654+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/4/2009 | Bonnie Malkin in Alice Springs
    At the Centralian Gold abattoir outside Alice Springs, business is brisk. Scores of animals are brought in each week to be slaughtered, deboned and packaged into sausages, steaks and mince. But the largest slabs of meat on the racks are not beef, lamb or even kangaroo, but camel. Garry Dann, who owns the business, describes camel meat as "beautiful, healthy and organic" and says demand for the product is growing every month. Travelling in large, aggressive packs, they prevent Aboriginal women from venturing into the countryside for fear of being attacked or trampled Mr Dann, who sells camel sausages, mince...
  • Camel Hunting, The New Aboriginal Pastime

    02/10/2008 6:55:56 PM PST · by blam · 26 replies · 86+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-10-2008 | Nick Squires
    Camel hunting, the new Aboriginal pastime By Nick Squires in Sydney Last Updated: 7:05pm GMT 10/02/2008 Aborigines in Australia's arid desert interior have hit on an innovative way of tackling the boredom and substance abuse which have ravaged so many of their communities - hunting camels. Camel hunting is the innovative new way of tackling the boredom and substance abuse which have ravaged Aboriginal communities Where their forbears pursued traditional prey such as kangaroos and monitor lizards, the younger generation is heading into the scrub to shoot plentiful one-humped dromedaries. The camels were introduced in the 19th century from India...
  • Remains of giant camel discovered in Syria

    10/08/2006 7:58:20 AM PDT · by aculeus · 96 replies · 2,150+ views
    Mumbai Mirror ^ | October 8, 2006 | Reuters
    Damascus: Swiss researchers have discovered the 1,00,000-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 said. “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 high and it was around four metres tall, as big as a giraffe or an elephant. Nobody knew that such a species had existed.” Tensorer, who has been excavating at the desert site in Kowm since...