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Discovery of 85,000 year old Homo sapiens finger bone reveals that human migration from Africa happened 25,000 years earlier than previously understood.

Fossil homo sapiens finger bone of from the al wusta site saudi arabia
Fossil Homo sapiens finger bone from Al Wusta site, Saudi Arabia. Image copyright: Michael Petraglia petraglia@shh.mpg.de

Post-docs Huw Groucutt and Eleanor Scerri, at the School of Archaeology, are part of a team of researchers whose paper in Nature: Ecology & Evolution demonstrates that Homo sapiens reached Al Wusta, a site in Saudi Arabia, 85,000 years ago. This is 25,000 years earlier than previously understood.

You can read more on the following websites.

University of Oxford School of Archaeology website

The Guardian website

BBC News Online website

The National Geographic website 

Science magazine website