Meet Our ‘Newest/Oldest’ Ancestor: Newly Discovered, Fossilized Human Remains Alters Known History Of Human Race; Previous Oldest Known Human Fossil Was 195K Years Old — Newly Discovered Human Remains DATE BACK +300K Years

Meet Our ‘Newest/Oldest’ Ancestor:  Newly Discovered, Fossilized Human Remains Alters Known History Of Human Race; Previous Oldest Known Human Fossil Was 195K Years Old — Newly Discovered Human Remains DATE BACK +300K Years

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     I do not know about you; but, I just couldn’t watch, nor listen to the ‘news’ coverage today about POTUS Trump; and, former FBI Director James Comey’s congressional testimony.  And, I do not intend to watch any ‘news’ this evening.  So, I thought I would write about something fascinating that was reported late yesterday and today — and, there is also the Washington Nationals playing this evening, as well as game five of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

    Perhaps the most fascinating and interesting news that most certainly did not get enough sunlight and coverage, was the discovery of the fossilized bones/skeleton of the oldest known remains of Homo Sapiens found-to-date, “a finding that rewrites the story of mankind’s origins; and, suggests that our species evolved in multiple locations across the African continent,” Carl Zimmer wrote in the June 7, 2017 edition of the New York Times.  “The fossils, discovered in Morocco,” he added, are a game-changer in the history of the human race.

     “We did not evolve from a single, ‘cradle of mankind,’ somewhere in East Africa,” said Phillip Gunz, a paleoanthropologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany; and, a co-author of two new studies on the fossils, published in the journal, Nature.  “We evolved on the African continent.”

     “Until now, the oldest known fossils of our species dated back just 195,000 years,discovered in Ethiopia in 2003” Mr. Zimmer wrote.  The 2003 Ethiopian discovery “suggested” humans “evolved in a small region — perhaps in Ethiopia, or in nearby east Africa.  After Homo Sapiens arose, researchers believed the species [began] to spread out across the continent.  Only much later — roughly 70K years ago, [researchers] believed that a small group of these Africans [eventually] made their way to other continents.”  

     “The Moroccan fossils by contrast, are roughly 300,000 years old,” Mr. Zimmer wrote, pre-dating the Ethiopian discovery by some 100K years.  Ewen Callaway, writing in the June 7, 2017 edition of the journal Nature, says these newly discovered human ancestor remains are 315k years old.  “Remarkably, they indicate that early Homo sapiens had faces much like our own, although their brains differed in fundamental ways.”

     “Resetting the clock on mankind’s debut would be achievement enough,” Mr. Zimmer notes.  “But, the new research is also notable for the discovery of several early humans — rather than just one, as so often happens,” said Marta Mirazon Lahr, a paleoanthropologist at the University of Cambridge, “who was not involved in the Moroccan research,” he added.  “We have no other place like it, so it’s a fabulous finding,” Dr. Lahr said,

     A very fascinating discovery and a welcome respite from the political machinations ongoing in Washington.  V/R, RCP

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