What might be the oldest human remains found outside of Africa are an ancient chunk of upper jaw still sporting a handful of teeth. Discovered in a cave in Israel, the fossil places ancient humans in the Middle East more than 177,000 years ago — some 60,000 years earlier than we thought. That is, if the jaw really is human.

Researchers confirmed that the fossil was between 177,000 to 194,00 years old using three different dating methods. And what’s more — the shape of the fossil looked more human than Neanderthal. That means Homo sapiens might have already started migrating out of Africa more than 194,000 years ago, according to the article published today in the journal Science. Other anthropologists have expressed skepticism that the…

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Source:: Theverge – Science

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