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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2017 12:24 p.m. PST

… by 115,000 Years.

"The fossilized remains of at least five individuals discovered at the archaeological site of Jebel Irhoud in Morocco have been dated at 315,000 years, making them the oldest known fossils of anatomically modern Homo sapiens. The discovery is described in two papers released today by the journal Nature.

Finds at the Middle Stone Age site of Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, reveal modern humans in northwest Africa 300,000 years ago. Image credit: Charles R. Knight.
Jebel Irhoud has been well known since the 1960s for its human fossils and for its Middle Stone Age artifacts, but the geological age of those fossils was uncertain.

The new excavation project uncovered 16 new Homo sapiens fossils along with stone tools and animal bones. The remains comprise skulls, teeth, and long bones of at least five individuals.

Thermoluminescence dating of heated flints yielded an age of approximately 315,000 years ago.

Analysis of the animal fossils provided additional evidence to support the date. Dating of rodent remains suggested they were 337,000 to 374,000 years old…"
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foxweasel09 Sep 2017 12:57 p.m. PST

Interesting if true

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2017 10:32 p.m. PST



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