January 27, 2011

Humans May Have Left Africa 50,000 Yrs Earlier

Paul Rincon, BBC News


BBC

Modern humans may have emerged from Africa up to 50,000 years earlier than previously thought, a study suggests.

Researchers have uncovered stone tools in the Arabian peninsula that they say were made by modern humans about 125,000 years ago.

The tools were unearthed at the site of Jebel Faya in the United Arab Emirates, a team reports in the journal Science.

The results are controversial: genetic data strongly points to an exodus from Africa 60,000-70,000 years ago.

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TAGGED: Out Of Africa Theory, Human Evolution