Modern fossil dating techniques

28 Jan

And it suggests that other early modern human fossils recovered in the Qafzeh and Es Skhul caves in Israel are a result of the interactions between the Misliya people and the other local populations of the region, Hershkovitz said."We have a very long biological history, much longer than previously thought," Hershkovitz said."This evolution seems to be not that straightforward or simple as we had it in the textbooks the past years. This wouldn't be surprising if it were 10,000 years or 40,000 years, but it is around 180-190,000 years old." In 2017, the discovery of the oldest Homo sapiens fossil in Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, was announced.It dated back to 300,000 years ago, 100,000 years older than previously discovered fossils of Homo sapiens that had been securely dated.(CNN) - Scientists have discovered the oldest known modern human fossil outside of Africa, estimated to be between 177,000 and 194,000 years old, according to a new study in the journal Science.

Not only were they used for hunting, but also the processing of animal skins, scraping and cutting plants, scraping minerals and digging of edible tubers, Hershkovitz said.

It helps to explain why a modern human fossil was found in China, dated to 120,000 years ago.

It supports the growing research that modern humans left Africa 220,000 years ago and interacted with Neanderthals earlier than thought.

The researchers are continuing their study of the fires from the Misliya cave, as well as the stone tools.

"We have started excavating at two sites that were excavated in the past, the Skhul and Tabun caves, with the hope to find some hominins that will allow us to answer further questions relating to the late phase of human evolution," Hershkovitz said.