Greek Fossil Is Considered The Earliest Evidence Of Homo Sapiens Outside Africa
- by XpatAthens
- Monday, 15 July 2019
Scientists claim that the chunk of skull recovered from a cave in southern Greece is the earliest sign of the human species outside Africa. The fragments are estimated to be at least 210,000 years old, which indicates that our species began leaving Africa much earlier than previously thought.
The skull fossil was excavated in the late 1970s at the Apidima Cave in southern Peloponnese.
To establish the age, scientists analyzed bits of bone from the fossil; to identify what species it came from, they compared a virtual reconstruction to the shapes of fossils from known species.
According to Katerina Harvati, it’s not clear if scientists will be able to collect DNA or proteins from the fossil to verify its identity.
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