New high-tech analysis of a hominin skull fossil found in a Greek cave decades ago has led researchers to classify it as the oldest Homo sapiens remains ever discovered in Europe. The finding, published in the journal Nature, suggests the skull dates back 210,000 years. That’s 150,000 years earlier than the widely accepted estimate of when the earliest humans migrated from Africa to Europe.
What does the discovery teach us? If it’s correct — and some paleoanthropologists are skeptical — it could make scientists reassess theories about ancient human migration.
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