New Fossil with Challenging Dates


January 28, 2018

In the journal Science this week is an announcement of a new fossil find from Israel. What makes this find so interesting is that it is attributed to an early version of Homo sapiens and dated at least 50,000 years earlier than the first members of our species left Africa

Previously scientists postulated the earliest  Homo sapiens emerged from Africa into the Levant was 120,000 years ago. The paper in Science last Thursday announced a partial maxilla (upper jaw) was found in Masliya Cave in Israel and dated to between 177,000 and 194,000 years ago

A full account appears in the New York Times. Commentary by Chris Stringer and
Julia Galway-Witham can be found in Science.