Homo sapiens bones in East Africa are at least 36,000 years older than once thought

Fossils from the oldest known Homo sapiens individual in East Africa are more ancient than previously thought.

A partial H. sapiens skull and associated skeletal parts found in 1967 in the Kibish rock formation along Ethiopia’s Omo River date to at least around 233,000 years ago, pushing back the age of the fossils by 36,000 years or more. An age well exceeding 200,000 years for the Ethiopian fossils, known as Omo 1, fits with recent fossil discoveries suggesting that H. sapiens evolved across Africa starting roughly 300,000 years ago (SN: 6/7/17).

A volcanic eruption about 233,000 years ago left a layer of ash atop the sediment that yielded the

→ Continue reading at Science News

More from author

Related posts


Latest posts

If prices keep rising, a nightmare scenario for the US economy is a real possibility

That's the textbook definition of stagflation, and it would be the worst nightmare for consumers, investors and the Federal Reserve. Not to mention President...

All-Bay Area News Group high school football, fall 2021: Linebackers

PITTSBURG, CA – SEPT. 10: Pittsburg’s Jakobe Harmon (44) hits Valley Christian quarterback Jakson Berman (11) after throwing a pass...

Elizabeth Holmes: Theranos fraudster likely to avoid sentencing for eight months

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and her family leave the Robert F. Peckham Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse after the jury...