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Earliest fossil evidence of Homo sapiens found in Morocco, rewriting the story of our species

Earliest fossil evidence of Homo sapiens found in Morocco, rewriting the story of our species

Anthropologists have long sought to pin down the exact location of the proverbial “Garden of Eden” — the region of our planet where the earliest Homo sapiens emerged.

Over the last two decades, a combination of genetic evidence and data from the fossil record led scientists to conclude that the first members of our species evolved in Eastern Africa about 200,000 years ago.

But a new discovery suggests a more complex narrative for the origin of humans.

In a pair of papers published Wednesday in Nature,...

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