210,000 year old Eurasian sapiens fossil

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210,000 year old Eurasian sapiens fossil

#1  Postby Spearthrower » Jul 10, 2019 9:12 pm

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02075-9

An early dispersal of modern humans from Africa to Greece

Analysis of two fossils from a Greek cave has shed light on early hominins in Eurasia. One fossil is the earliest known specimen of Homo sapiens found outside Africa; the other is a Neanderthal who lived 40,000 years later.

The origin and early dispersal of Homo sapiens has long been a subject of both popular and scholarly interest1. It is almost universally agreed that H. sapiens (modern humans) evolved in Africa, with the earliest known fossil representatives of our species dated to around 315,000 years ago in Morocco (at a site called Jebel Irhoud)2 and approximately 260,000 years ago in South Africa (at Florisbad)3. Stone tools comparable to those found with both of these fossils have been excavated in Kenya (at Olorgesailie)4 and dated to about 320,000 years ago. Writing in Nature, Harvati et al.5 describe their analysis of a fossil from Apidima Cave in southern Greece that they report to be an early modern H. sapiens at least 210,000 years old. This fossil is the oldest known modern human in Europe, and probably in all of Eurasia, and is more than 160,000 years older than the next oldest known European fossil of H. sapiens6.


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Re: 210,000 year old Eurasian sapiens fossil

#2  Postby laklak » Jul 10, 2019 9:24 pm

Yeah but does it have fangs?
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Re: 210,000 year old Eurasian sapiens fossil

#3  Postby Spearthrower » Jul 11, 2019 5:06 am

No, but that's probably because it had stone AK47's or, at the very least, proto car-keys to jangle at predators, so its fangs promptly fell out.
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#4  Postby Cito di Pense » Jul 11, 2019 5:10 am

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