Archaeologists Have Discovered The Oldest Human Fossil Ever Found Outside Africa

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Image: Israel Hershkovitz, Tel Aviv University via The Times of Israel

High on a mountain in northern Israel, a team of researchers are searching for the roots of modern man. During their important work, the team then find a fossil buried beneath the ground, and – incredibly – later investigation suggests that it’s the oldest evidence of Homo sapiens ever found beyond the bounds of Africa. And what’s more, that being the case, this discovery could have astounding implications for history as we have hitherto known it.

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Millions of years ago, of course, a diverse range of creatures populated our planet. And somewhere down the line, the great apes appeared. Yet while some of these so-called Hominidae went on to evolve into the orangutans and chimpanzees that we can see today, others evolved in a very different way.

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Over time, you see, the Homo emerged. This is the categorization of species that would eventually spawn modern man. So after a number of our early relatives had evolved, humans finally developed. Yet all these thousands of years later, we still understand little about how this evolutionary process actually took place.

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