27 Feb 2020
Posted in Archaeology, News

Earlier early man.

Researchers recently reported that a skull found in Greece in the 1970s might represent the oldest Homo sapien fossil ever found outside Africa. The bone fragment, encased in rock, was from an individual who lived at least 210,000 years ago. This fossil evidence means that H. sapiens inhabited Europe more than 160,000 years earlier than scientists previously thought. Paleoanthropologist Katerina Harvati of the University of Tübingen, Germany, told ScienceNews magazine that the skull proves H. sapiens first left Africa much earlier than thought, and they reached farther into the European continent.

Researchers have long held divergent theories of early man. Some believe H. sapiens who left Africa more than 200,000 years ago were eventually replaced by Neanderthals that reached Europe. Neanderthals were later replaced by humans. Others think H. sapiens and Neanderthals lived side-by-side and interbred.

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Two partial skulls from a Greek cave, one identified as a Neanderthal (right) and one as a Homo sapien (left), point to a human presence in southeastern Europe more than 200,000 years ago followed by Neanderthals replacing them at least 170,000 years ago. K. Harvati/Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen

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