Fossils of the earliest ever known homo sapiens has been found in Jebel Irhoud, Morocco.
One of the most intriguing and curious questions that mankind has faced since its inception is that where exactly did our forefathers come from.
What we knew and understood about the origin of our species just took an unexpected turn last Wednesday with the discovery of 100,000 years old fossils of our species Homo sapiens; buried deep in a hillside in Morocco.
Nothing less than a groundbreaking discovery in the realm of anthropology which might change our whole understanding of the homo sapiens cradle. Scientists claim that they have discovered skulls, limb bones, and teeth of 5 prehistoric individuals that are at least 300,000 years old.
The fossils were found in a cave setting that represented the remains of three adults, one adolescent and one child roughly age 8, who lead a hunting lifestyle presumably.
These aren’t the first traces of our specie’s history that we have found yet. Blockbuster discoveries had been made earlier in North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa but the fossils found in Morocco are proofs that may help tie up so many confused ends and turn out to be perception changing. The skulls, bones, and teeth found are similar to the likes of humans today but have comparatively obsolete and enlarged braincases.
“This material represents the very root of our species,” said paleoanthropologist Jean-Jacques Hublin of Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
“The message we would like to convey is that our species is much older than we thought and that it did not emerge in an Adamic way in a small ‘Garden of Eden’ somewhere in East Africa. It is a pan-African process and more complex scenario than what has been envisioned so far.” Hublin added.
It was popularly believed in the past that homo sapiens emerged from Africa, but recent discovery suggests otherwise. It is highly unlikely for prehistoric fossils to be found in a place like Morocco due to early discoveries of human remains in other locations.
The research and findings suggest a complex evolving history involving the whole continent, presumably. The fossils found in Morocco led to yet another groundbreaking conclusion that previously discovered 260,000 years old fossils from Florisbad, South Africa, also represented the homo sapiens species.
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