Earliest Modern Humans Out of Africa

Discovery of jawbone pushes back history of Homo sapiens migration by at least 50,000 years, TAU and University of Haifa researchers say

29 January 2018
Map of prehistoric Misliya Cave

Misliya Cave, Israel, is part of a complex of prehistoric caves along the western slopes of Mount Carmel.


In 2002 A hominin left hemi-maxilla (Misliya-1) with seven intact teeth and one broken incisor was found in the site, together with thousands of flint flakes, dated 250,000 to 160,000 years ago, during an era known as the Early Middle Paleolithic.


This fossil of modern human, the oldest one found outside of Africa, telling us that the homo sapience left Africa 60,000 years earlier than we once thought.


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