From Ashley Strickland at CNN:
The oldest fossil remains of Homo sapiens, dating back to 300,000 years, have been found at a site in Jebel Irhoud, Morocco. This is 100,000 years older than previously discovered fossils of Homo sapiens that have been securely dated. The discovery was presented in a study in the journal Nature on Wednesday.
This marks the first discovery of such fossils in north Africa, and widens the “cradle of mankind” to encompass all of Africa, the researchers said. Previous finds were in south or east Africa. The fossils, including a partial skull and a lower jaw, belong to five different individuals including three young adults, an adolescent and a child estimated to be 8 years old. Stone tools, animal bones and evidence of fire were also found within the same layer at the site.
But what the researchers found to be most remarkable about these fossils is that they capture a moment in time of evolution. The facial features of the skull look like a modern human, but the brain case is very elongated and archaically characteristic of early humans. More.
Everything else you will read thereafter is speculation. We need more research, less speculation. As a taxpayer, which would you rather fund?
See also: Darwinism: Misfits do better than theory predicts. The Darwinian understanding of evolution requires the theorist to develop a science-level prediction about what will survive that goes beyond mere tautology. That quest has consistently failed.
3 Replies to “Oldest human fossils (for now) found”
Both. Good science starts with speculation, by wondering “What if…?” I would also rather my tax-dollars went to fund science rather than providing tax-breaks for religions but I doubt that will ever happen. How many congress-critters are atheists and how many are believers? Which group really holds the reins of power and the purse-strings?
More telling, how many atheist politicians would admit to being atheist. Obama was accused of being atheist, Muslim and a racist Christian.
A person’s worth is measured in their actions, not in what they profess to be.
//science-level prediction about what will survive that goes beyond mere tautology. That quest has consistently failed.// Huh, what do you mean by science level prediction about what will survive?