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Oldest human skull found outside Africa


Posted on Thursday, 11 July, 2019 | Comment icon 5 comments

Our ancestors ventured out of Africa much earlier than thought. Image Credit: NPS - PD
Scientists have identified the earliest known evidence of modern humans outside of the African continent.
The skull, which was discovered in Apidima Cave in Greece back in the 1970s, was so damaged and incomplete that at the time palaeontologists struggled to make sense of it.

More recently however, a new study using modern tomography scanning and uranium-series dating has revealed that the skull is not only that of a modern human, but also dates back 210,000 years to a time long before our ancestors were thought to have migrated out of Africa.

The find adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting that modern humans made several forays in to Eurasia long before they started to colonize the continent around 60,000 years ago.

Other evidence of this has previously been found in Israel and China.

"Now our scenario was that there was an early modern group in Greece by 210,000 years ago, perhaps related to comparable populations in the Levant, but it was subsequently replaced by a Neanderthal population (represented by Apidima 2) by about 170,000 years ago," said study co-author Prof Chris Stringer of the London Natural History Museum.

Source: BBC News | Comments (5)

Tags: Human

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword on 11 July, 2019, 21:07
We know nothing.  Dates for everything are constantly being pushed back it seems.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Manwon Lender on 12 July, 2019, 10:32
I just checked out the type of dating used to determine the date of this fossil. While it is a great method for dating there can be complications if you are dating bone. See the link below https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/human-fossils/0/steps/49021
Comment icon #3 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 on 12 July, 2019, 20:47
We know a hell if a lot about human origins. But we're basically putting together a puzzle with an unknown number of pieces.  In the dark. Drunk.
Comment icon #4 Posted by jaylemurph on 14 July, 2019, 2:26
Well, considering the only option to rewriting history when new evidence appears is to put your fingers in you ears and sing “la la la,” what exactly would you prefer to happen? —Jaylemurph 
Comment icon #5 Posted by OverSword on 14 July, 2019, 2:34
Huh? 


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