Greetings Good People,
I came across some exciting news today and had to share it. Skulls that were found in Greece may change the narrative about early human migration. The following information comes out of Africa News.
There were two skulls initially discovered in Southern Greece in the 1970s, but scientists have just now been able to identify them. Researchers from Tübingen University say the first skull, called Apidima 2, is a Neanderthal and the second skull, called Apidima 1, is a Homo sapien. The researchers claim that the partial remains of the second school (Apidima 1) are signs of an early exit from Africa. Paleoanthropologist Katerina Harvati advised the following:
“They were discovered encased in a rock called breccia, so they needed to be cleaned from this rock matrix and this was quite a difficult process. And the first specimen that was cleaned was Apidima 2 the Neanderthal specimen. And the second one, Apidima 1 took quite some time before it was cleaned it was only cleaned I think in the late 1990s or early naughts (2000s), but aside from this there were also quite fragmentary and Apidima 2 which is more complete was also quite distorted, so it was not so easy to study their anatomy properly without having a thorough reconstruction and this type of reconstruction was only, became only possible in the last few years with the advent of the virtual anthropology techniques.”
Apidima 1 is at least 210,000 years old, which means it’s 16,000 or more years older than the upper jaw bone from an early modern human found in Israel. This shows that species began leaving Africa much earlier than previously thought.
I’m going have to do some in-depth research on the earliest human migrations, so stay tuned. You can check out the full article by clicking here. And if you have any additional information, feel free to comment below.
Until Next Time…