Monday, June 12
Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens Found in Morocco, Altering History of Our Species
An almost complete adult mandible discovered at the Jebel Irhoud site in Morocco.
"Fossils discovered in Morocco are the oldest known remains of Homo sapiens, scientists reported on Wednesday, a finding that rewrites the story of mankind’s origins and suggests that our species evolved in multiple locations across the African continent. ... Until now, the oldest known fossils of our species dated back just 195,000 years. The Moroccan fossils, by contrast, are roughly 300,000 years old. Remarkably, they indicate that early Homo sapiens had faces much like our own, although their brains differed in fundamental ways. ..."