36,000-year-old skull becomes the First Fossil Proof of Human Migration Theory

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Do you know, modern humans left Africa for colonizing Eurasia 70,000 to 50,000 years ago? This evidence is found for the first time from a 36,000-year-old skull fossil discovered in South Africa.

Though, this skull was originally unearthed from a riverbed near Hofmeyr, South Africa, in 1952 it was never dated accurately until Frederick E. Grine, an anthropologist and anatomist at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York led to the study of the skull, making this recent finding.

Ted Goebel, an anthropologist at Texas A&M University who was not involved in the study said,

Up until a few years ago, this was largely just a theory based on some genetics.

We’re beginning to accumulate evidence from archaeology, from genetics, from physical anthropology that support this model or theory that modern humans spread out of Africa … 60,000 or 70,000 years ago.

It was due to the scarcity of human fossils in sub-Saharan Africa dating to 70,000 to 15,000 years ago, scientists till date could only theorize about how anatomically modern humans spread across the continent to the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and Europe.

It was about 40,000 years ago; modern humans are believed to have spread into central and western Europe.

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