This 300,000-year-old skull may be from an African ‘ghost’ population

The Broken Hill fossil’s age suggests the hominid lived at the same time as Homo sapiens

Broken Hill skull

An enigmatic African hominid fossil known as the Broken Hill skull dates to around 300,000 years ago, about the time that Homo sapiens started evolving across that continent, researchers say.

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