jake on 2003.06.11
at 02:46 pm
Scientists have found skulls in Ethiopia that date back to almost 160,000 years old. While not one hundred percent representative of modern man they are close enough physically to group them with us.
Previously, the earliest fossils of Homo sapiens found in Africa had been dated to about 130,000 to 100,000 years, although they were less complete and sometimes poorly dated, White said.
The new skulls, which were dated at between 160,000 and 154,000 years old, are described in two papers that appear in Thursday's issue of Nature.
White and his colleagues assigned the new creatures to a subspecies of Homo sapiens they named Homo sapiens idaltu — idaltu meaning "elder" in the Afar language.
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