Penny, Penny, Penny....never confuse people's religious beliefs with actual fact. The Kaaba, according to Islamic myth, was built by Adam, then Abraham, and has been rebuilt many times over the years. Quite understandably, certain AI-ers would find this Muslim view of history incompatible with their own Judeo-Christian mythology. Religious belief does not make the Kaaba in any factual sense the very first building ever built. If we could possibly step into the realm of reality, and quantifiable, evidence-based knowledge, then Samantha's answer is probably closer to the truth. Interestingly, Michael Tellinger, nutty author of Slave Species of God, believes that a structure in Mpumanlanga he calls 'Adam's Calendar' is the oldest on Earth, dating back 75 000 years. This 'fact' is of course, debatable. The earliest humans - a species like us anatomically - have been dated by DNA and molecular biology to about 200 000 years ago. These chaps must have built rudimentary shelters of some sort, but none remain.
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