ABC.net.au: Modern humans were wandering out of Africa at least 180,000 years ago — some 60,000 years earlier than previously thought.
The new migration date comes after ancient stone tools and part of a fossilised Homo sapiens jaw bone with teeth were discovered in a cave in northern Israel.
Until now, the oldest evidence for modern humans outside Africa were only 90,000 to 120,000 years old.
The fossil jaw and tools, presented today in the journal Science, challenges currently accepted ideas about how modern humans dispersed from Africa, according to Peter Hiscock, an archaeologist at the University of Sydney.
While geneticists have traced the modern human’s emergence from Africa back around 60,000 to 80,000 years, “skeletal information excavated by archaeologists has told a much older story”, Professor Hiscock said. MORE