Tag: Jebel Irhoud

Leaving Africa

When did we first leave Africa?

A fossil jaw bone recovered from Misliya Cave on the western slopes of Mount Carmel in Israel suggests that modern humans (Homo sapiens) were living there sometime between 194 and 177 thousand years ago (Hershkovitz and others, 2018). This is significantly earlier than the previously oldest evidence, dated to between […]

Photo by Shannon McPherron, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

Cape Likely Site of Homo Sapiens Speciation

The dating game New fossil finds and a better constrained age for the Jebel Irhoud fossil site in Morocco shed new light on our evolution. The new ages indicate that the site is approximately 315 thousand years old (315 ka), or nearly twice as old as the previous estimated age […]