Although the oldest ancestor of all members of Homo sapiens lived about 300,000 years ago, he had a surprisingly modern skull — as suggested by a model created by scientists in France and the UK led by Aurélien Mounier of the Histoire Naturelle de l’Homme Préhistorique laboratory (CNRS / Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle) and Marta Mirazón Lahr of the University of Cambridge.
After comparing the virtually rendered skull to those of five African fossil specimens contemporary with the first appearance of Homo sapiens, the two researchers say that our species emerged through interbreeding of South and East African populations. Their findings are published in Nature Communications.
Read the research paper: Deciphering African late middle Pleistocene hominin diversity and the origin of our species. Aurélien Mounier & Marta Mirazón Lahr. Nature Communications 10.1038/s41467-019-11213-w
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