Thursday, June 8, 2017

New research pushes back origin of human species by 100,000 years, ‘Oldest ever' 300,000yo human fossils unearthed in Morocco


The fossilized remains of five early humans discovered in Morocco suggest our species is at least 100,000 years older than previously thought, according to new research published Wednesday.
The study suggests our species evolved all across the African continent, not in a small region as previously believed. Scientists dated the fossils to between 300,000 and 350,000 years old and the skulls found are almost identical to those belonging to modern humans.

“It is not the story of it happening in a rapid way in a ‘Garden of Eden’ somewhere in Africa,” Dr. Jean-Jacques Hublin, a professor at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany who was involved in the discovery, told BBC News. “Our view is that it was a more gradual development and it involved the whole continent. So if there was a Garden of Eden, it was all of Africa.”

Hublin said his team’s discovery will “rewrite the textbooks.”

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‘Oldest ever' 300,000yo human fossils unearthed in Morocco 
The oldest human fossils ever discovered have been unearthed in Morocco in a finding hailed as a significant step in the research of human ancestry and origins. The fossils are about 100,000 years older than any previously known human remains. 
The fossils, discovered at the Jebel Irhoud archeological site in Morocco, belonged to three adults, one adolescent, and one child who was around eight years old, Reuters reported, citing two articles published in the journal Nature.

According to researchers, the bones are around 300,000 years old, making it an incredibly significant finding as the previously oldest known fossils were believed to be 195,000 years old.

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