Image: Katerina Harvati, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
An international group of scientists came to the conclusion that the skull an age of 210 years is the oldest evidence of modern humans outside Africa. This pushes the time of the first migration of Homo sapiens into Eurasia for 150 thousand years, according to a press release on Phys.org.
The researchers found the remains in a Greek cave in the 1970-ies. Then dice (two skulls) was wrongly identified as Neanderthal. However, the results of the new analysis showed that the Neanderthals belonged to only one of the skulls (Apidima 2), which reaches 170 thousand years. Apidima 1 was the skull of “Homo sapiens” and turned over Apidima 2 for 40 thousand years.
It is believed that geminin — tribe of the family of hominids, which includes Homo sapiens and the Neanderthals — emerged in Africa more than six million years ago. During the last two million years, they made several migrations in Eurasia. About 35-45 thousand years ago modern humans completely replaced the Neanderthals after thousands of years of coexistence. The new discovery suggests that Homo sapiens made several attempts of resettlement, some of which were unsuccessful.
Video, photo All from Russia.