The History of Homo Sapiens' Origin has Changed

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A photograph of the mandible of the newly discovered homo sapiens fossils
Researchers believe this mandible to be from early homo sapiens (image credit: Hublin et al. 2017).

Researchers from the Max Plank Institute in Germany have found humanoid fossils at a site in Jebel Irhoud, Morocco that are anatomically similar to homo sapiens and are measured to be approximately 315,000 years old. That is over 100,000 years older than the previously known oldest human remains, found in Ethiopia. This evidence completely changes our understanding of where and how-quickly homo sapiens emerged onto the African scene.

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The History of Homo Sapiens' Origin has Changed
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