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WaPo: Oldest Homosapiens Fossils Discovered In Morocco
#1
"The oldest Homo sapiens bones known date to about 200,000 years ago, but the new analysis shows these bones are surprisingly old: 300,000 to 350,000 years old."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/spea...0222021440

And here is the NYT story on this:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/07/scien...hone-share
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#2
Thanks!

You beat me to it. I was just about to post this.

Here is the original Nature paper. https://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v5...22336.html

So, it seems an earlier branch of Homo Sapiens has been discovered, in the unexpected location of Morocco, rather than in East Africa, with the unexpected date of 300,000 years.
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#3
Was thinking of that old line in My Name is Chellis... re: 300 generations of humans. Looks like now we'd be dealing with:

~300,000 years in modern homo sapien form
divided by 20 years (generation) = 15,000 generations
Industrial Revolution ~200 years ago
divided by 20 years (generation) = 10 generations

Industrialism trashed the planet within only ~0.067% of modern human form. Evolutionary changes, of course, take many more generations.

Taking the old Paul Shepard type of analysis, no one is remotely evolved to exist within this artificiality of civilization. The time frame for agriculture and evolutionary changes was already small -- but now this new data makes this even more extreme.
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#4
Does anyone have a source that isn't behind a paywall? Either for paper, or just an article discussing the paper.

Edit: Never mind, I somehow missed the NYT link.

Thanks for this. Very interesting stuff. And interesting calculation, the ~0.067% figure!
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#5
Can anyone shed light into why Morocco is so surprising? Haven't some of the oldest remains and signs of humans been found nearby? Caves of S. Spain for example?
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#6
No hominid remains that old have ever been found in Morocco before, that I'm aware of. Most human fossils in Africa over 50,000 ys have been found in East Africa or South Africa.
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#7
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/...ovan-cave/

Granted, they're not sure what species of homo they found exactly. I think. It's not as close as I suggested before, either.
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#8
That was from the Atapuerca mountains, near Burgos, in the Castile and Leon regions of northern Spain. Not anywhere near Morocco.

https://www.britannica.com/place/Atapuerca#ref892237
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