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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse24 Jul 2017 10:49 a.m. PST

… Evolved Much Earlier Than Thought.

"For decades, based on both the fossil record and, more recently, paleogenomic modeling, researchers have generally put the start date for Homo sapiens around 200,000 years ago. A trove of fossil and artefact finds from Morocco, however, pushes the age of our species back way back. The new findings have implications far beyond how many candles to put on our collective birthday cake.

In 2004, when researchers revisited the previously excavated early hominin site of Jebel Irhoud, about 60 miles outside of Marrakesh, it was a clean-up mission at first. The mid-20th century mining operations that had turned up the first hominin bones had also destroyed much of the site, and the method in which some of those first finds had been collected made dating them with any confidence a difficult undertaking.

The hope in reopening the site was to turn up some undisturbed rock layers that might help researchers establish a more conclusive age for the previously discovered fossils…"
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Cacique Caribe Inactive Member24 Jul 2017 12:06 p.m. PST

I wonder if this will change our family tree a little. :)


Pythagoras24 Jul 2017 5:15 p.m. PST

It might. Apparently homo sapiens bred with neanderthals, denisovians and chipmunks.

Allen5724 Jul 2017 6:46 p.m. PST

Yeah, the record seems to go further back all the time. Anyway, look at your grandchildren. The way climate is going we may be on the verge of the next mass extinction which means that you will never have great grandchildren. Oh well. Deleted by Moderator

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse25 Jul 2017 9:46 a.m. PST



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