Meet The New Oldest Homo Sapiens — Our Species Evolved Much Earlier Than Thought

For decades, based on both the fossil record and, more recently, paleogenomic modeling, researchers have generally put the start date for Homo sapiens around 200,000 years ago. A trove of fossil and artefact finds from Morocco, however, pushes the age of our species back — way back. The new findings have implications far beyond how many candles to put on our collective birthday cake.

In 2004, when researchers revisited the previously excavated early hominin site of Jebel Irhoud, about

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