Furthermore, the mineral deposits mentioned bear no resemblance to those in this area.
In short, the geography and descriptions don't match.
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Imagine carved and slender versions of the stones of Avebury or Stonehenge. The stones seem to represent human forms - some have stylised 'arms', which angle down the sides.
Most of these standing stones are inscribed with bizarre and delicate images - mainly of boars and ducks, of hunting and game. Functionally, the site appears to be a temple, or ritual site, like the stone circles of Western Europe.
Without a doubt, the Tigris-Euphrates River Valley plays a unique role in Biblical history, but was it the location of the Garden of Eden? Ararat, they do not flow from a source like the spokes on a wheel, filling the land as mentioned.
Nor are the other two rivers present and none go to Ethiopia.
It mentions a spring in the Garden which parts into four major rivers, including the Euphrates.
So suggests new research that tracked changes in two genes thought to help regulate brain growth, changes that appeared well after the rise of modern humans 200,000 years ago.
That the defining feature of humans — our large brains — continued to evolve as recently as 5,800 years ago, and may be doing so today, promises to surprise the average person, if not biologists.
"We, including scientists, have considered ourselves as sort of the pinnacle of evolution," noted lead researcher Bruce Lahn, a University of Chicago geneticist whose studies appear in Friday's edition of the journal Science.
"There's a sense we as humans have kind of peaked," agreed Greg Wray, director of Duke University's Center for Evolutionary Genomics.