The discovery in Israel changes the view of the evolution of man

Находка в Израиле меняет взгляд на эволюцию человека

Scientists have discovered a jaw fragment, which suggests that modern humans could have appeared to settle on the planet much earlier than was believed until now.

Archaeologists from Israel have discovered the oldest to date, the remains of modern man outside of Africa. An article about the results of their study published in the journal Science.

A fragment of maxilla with several teeth preserved adult found in a cave Milia on the slope of mount Carmel.

Using three different techniques of Dating, the scientists found that the jaw belonged to Homo sapiens, 177-194 who lived thousands of years ago. Previously, the oldest human remains outside Africa dated to the period of 90-120 thousand years ago.

“If fossils… 170-190 thousand years, the whole history of Homo sapiens evolution shifted by at least 100-200 thousand years in the past,” commented the opening of Professor Israel Hershkowitz at tel Aviv University.

Now scientists suggest that modern humans migrated from Africa at least 50 thousand years earlier than previously thought.

“In other words, if modern humans began to spread from Africa about 200 thousand years ago, then it follows that they had to be there at least 300-500 thousand years ago,” said Hershkowitz.

Found near the cave of stone tools and other artifacts indicate that the inhabitants hunted large game and collected many plants, routinely using household fire.

The scholar explained the development of the fire man

Previously, the oldest remains of Homo sapiens were found in Morocco, on a desolate hill.