Oldest known Homo sapiens fossils come from northern Africa, studies claim

Face, teeth features peg 300,000-year-old fossils as early humans, but brain shape yet to evolve

ancient lower jaw

OUR KIND  Approximately 300,000-year-old fossils unearthed in Morocco, including this lower jaw, come from the oldest known Homo sapiens, researchers contend. But some scientists suspect the new finds come from a population that, despite some similarities, lived before the emergence of H. sapiens.

J.-J. Hublin/MPI-EVA, Leipzig

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