Close-up view of the Misliya-1 teeth | Israel Hershkovitz, Tel Aviv University

Oldest Human Fossil Outside of Africa Discovered

Homo sapiens left Africa at least 50,000 years earlier than previously thought, suggests fossil remains from an anatomically modern human.

Excavation of part of Misliya Cave. Evidence for a hearth is at the bottom central-right part of the picture. | Mina Weinstein-Evron, Haifa University
Upper jawbone with teeth from an anatomically modern Homo sapiens found at Misliya Cave, Israel. The remains have been dated to 177,000–194,000 years ago. | Rolf Quam
Location of early modern human fossils in Africa and the Middle East | Rolf Quam, Binghamton University
Composite reconstruction of the Homo sapiens fossils from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco | Philipp Gunz, MPI EVA Leipzig