A Jaw Could Change His­tory

Science Illustrated - - SCIENCE UPDATE -

Skull, jaw, and bone re­mains dis­cov­ered in a cave in Morocco might change our evo­lu­tion­ary his­tory. Newly dis­cov­ered bones, which are more than 300,000 years old, are the old­est known ex­am­ples of

Homo sapi­ens. The sec­ond old­est fos­sil is 100,000 years younger, and this changes the very cra­dle of mankind, ex­plains pa­le­oan­thro­pol­o­gist Jean-Jac­ques Hublin from the Max Planck In­sti­tute in Leipzig, who con­trib­uted to the fos­sil anal­y­sis. “We used to think that the cra­dle of mankind orig­i­nated in East Africa 200,000 years ago, but our new analy­ses show that Homo

sapi­ens evolved through­out the con­ti­nent”. The con­clu­sion paves the way for a much more com­plex in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the his­tory of mankind than pre­vi­ously be­lieved.

Skull, jaw, and bone re­mains from a cave in Morocco could change the his­tory of mankind dras­ti­cally.

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