Ancient boy’s DNA pushes back date of earliest humans

Homo sapiens may have emerged as a genetically distinct species as early as 350,000 years ago

African San people

DEEP PAST  A new comparison of ancient and modern human DNA concludes that Homo sapiens emerged earlier than typically thought, perhaps around 350,000 years ago. African San people, such as these, belong to a genetic line that originated roughly 260,000 years ago, researchers estimate.


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